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Figuring it out

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Juliet Townsend FLASHMAN AND THE ANGEL OF THE LORD by George MacDonald Fraser Harvill, £15.99, pp. 394. P . G. Wodehouse, who knew a thing or two about stringing words...

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Triangles, eternal, transitory and correctly tuned

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Raymond Carr EFFORTS AT THE TRUTH by Nicholas Mosley Secker, 120, pp. 345 I t is generally accepted that one should not review the books of one's friends. Nicholas Mosley has...

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Selina Hastings I t was bad luck on Evelyn Gardner who died in March, that her first marriage, last- ing barely a year, should have been to a genius; bad luck that a woman...

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Disgusted by drunks Jeffrey Bernard T is is my fifth week without a drink. I would like to stay sick of it, as I am, and bored with it, as I also am, but there is no telling,...

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Shame on all of you Taki New York S ome very strange things are happening back in old England. Prince Charles finds Barbra Streisand sexy, and a towelhead born in an Egyptian...

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Sentimental confusion Nigel Nicolson I t is some years since I came across this letter to the editor of the local newspaper in Savannah, Georgia, and I kept it as an...

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