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The Patriarch

Since I was young, I've been the youngest and worshipped Venus in the sacred and fragrant colonnades of even her humblest serving maids. Some of the time I've managed to outface......

Dragging Their Tales Behind Them

Andrew Roberts THE MACMILLANS: POWER, PRIVILEGE AND FAMILY PASSION by Richard Davenport-Hines Heinemann, f18.50, pp. 370 F lowing her abortion and sterilisa- tion, she descended......

An Unreconstructed Romantic

Anita Brookner MURDER IN ESTORIL by Edith Templeton Fourth Estate, f13.99, pp.250 E dith Templeton will go down in liter- ary history as the author of three perfect novels,......