Cecil Ballantine obituary | admin

My partner, Cecil Ballantine, who has died aged 86, was a teacher who specialised in the Victorian period and acted as a literary adviser for the BBC’s costume drama productions of Middlemarch and Martin Chuzzlewit. He also wrote introductions for editions of Charlotte Brontë’s Jane Eyre and Edmund Goss’s Father and Son.

Cecil was the son of Bert Ballantine, who worked in the accounts department of a tobacco importer and his wife, Elsie (nee Hunneyball), a foundry manager. He was raised in London until he was evacuated to Tunbridge Wells, Kent, during the second world war. Aged 16 he left…

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