1 MAY 1992, page 30

Growing Up Rich In Stalinist Russia

Liliana Brisby MOTHERS AND DAUGHTERS by Elena Bonner Hutchinson, £18.99, pp. 349 I only saw Elena Bonner once but I am not likely to forget the occasion: Andrei Sakharov was......

Taking A Dive

'Stand up and be counted!' they said. 'Be resolute and strong!' There was only one of me So the counting wouldn't take long; But, all the same, I lacked As ever both bottle and......

No Annus Mirabilis

How wrong Larkin was about everything save loss (and that, too, is only a guess?) for the barriers never came down. Only one thing is surely known as certain as sin's wages or......

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,......