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Late Stalinism: The Aesthetics of Politics reviewed in The Critic

Added on 10/10/2020

It is a truism that every revolutionary becomes a conservative once he attains power. On a dime, the drive for revolutionary justice turns into defence of the status quo. The Russian Revolution is a prime example of a movement …

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Helen Fry’s MI9 reviewed in the Spectator

Added on 10/10/2020

Für dich, Tommy, ist der Krieg vorbei. However, many British servicemen, officers especially, didn’t want their war to be over. Or, at least, didn’t want to spend it in a PoW camp. One of the enduring myths of the second world war …

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A Kick in the Belly featured in the British Blacklist

Added on 09/10/2020

Enslaved West Indian women had few opportunities to record their stories for posterity. Yet we find they managed to leave umpteen small clues for us to unravel thus earning their place in history. A Kick in the Belly follows the evidence …

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Girls Against God reviewed in the Guardian

Added on 09/10/2020

The Norwegian singer-songwriter Jenny Hval has more than dreamily gothic electronic alt-pop in her creative arsenal. In 2018, she released her first novel in English: Paradise Rot, and this month she follows it with Girls Against God.

 

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Wanderers: A History of Women Walking extracted in Literary Hub

Added on 07/10/2020

Anna, or “Nan,” Shepherd was a prolific walker and mountain writer who came to know the Cairngorms intimately over decades of what she called “traffic.” Her intimacy with the mountains was fundamental to her writing …

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Wanderers featured in Lapham’s Quarterly

Added on 07/10/2020

Arriving in Edinburgh on April 21, 1822, aboard the Leith Smack Superb, Sarah Stoddart Hazlitt stepped onto the docks toward a most uncertain future. She had journeyed for seven days up the British east coast from the Thames …

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Britain and Europe in a Troubled World reviewed in CapX

Added on 06/10/2020

In May this year, Sir Keir Starmer rejected the possibility of an extension to the Brexit transition period. It’s fair to say this surprised many people, including me. Starmer was Remain’s standard-bearer during the December General Election.

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Stanley Whitney reviewed in the New Criterion

Added on 06/10/2020

Of course, Whitney’s beguiling and spacious abstractions could never be adequately pinned down by only a word or two, so we have Matthew Jeffrey Abrams to thank for treating them to book-length analysis …

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Midlife Crisis reviewed in the Times Literary Supplement

Added on 05/10/2020

Bestseller lists are routinely populated with the latest self-help and schlock social psychology books. The genre routinely recycles a set of banal ideas dressed up as additions to knowledge, allowing them to masquerade as novel insights …

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The Edwardians and their Houses reviewed in Apollo

Added on 05/10/2020

The notion that Edwardian houses were projections of a fantasy life by a doomed elite is based almost entirely on the knowledge of what was to happen in 1914; perhaps the most impressive aspect of Brittain-Catlin’s book …

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An Event, Perhaps reviewed in the Prospect Magazine

Added on 05/10/2020

In May 1992, academics at the University of Cambridge reacted with outrage to a proposed honorary degree from their venerable institution to Jacques Derrida. A letter to the Times from 14 international philosophers followed, protesting …

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The Sundays of Jean Dezert reviewed in the TLS

Added on 02/10/2020

Some forty years ago in a Paris bookshop, I reached to the highest shelf, intending to grasp a volume of Verlaine’s poetry. When I opened my hand, I found Les Dimanches de Jean Dézert, a novel by Jean de la Ville de Mirmont (1886–1914).

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