London Review of Books: An Anthology (No. 3)
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Erudite, witty and often controversial, The London Review of Books informs and entertains its readers with a fortnightly dose of the best and liveliest of all things cultural.
This anthology brings together some of the most memorable pieces from recent years, includes Alan Bennett’s Diary, Christopher Hitchens on Bill Clinton’s presidency, Terry Castle’s hotly-debated reading of Jane Austen’s letters, Jerry Fodor taking issue with Richard Dawkins on evolution, Victor Kiernan on treason, Jenny Diski musing on death, Stephen Frears’ adventures in Hollywood, Linda Colley on Nancy Reagan, Frank Kermode on Paul de Man and much much more.
dislikes. The native baddies explain that the British don’t do rendition, and we are left to feel that Americans do. The progressive politics noticeable in the books evokes, at times, the politics of the courageous former Foreign Office diplomat, Carne Ross, to whom acknowledgment is made. Operation Wildlife is located on Gibraltar, and it appears to be important that the British belligerents who are tricked into participation, and forced to witness the shooting of a mother and child, keep their
advantage of being able to moor next to your garden, allowing you to step straight off the boat onto your poolside recliner. So the brochure has it, anyway, the same brochure piled up in the lobby of the Four Seasons that describes Cyprus like this: ‘A stable economy and low cost of living is complemented by one of the most beneficial tax regimes in Europe … with a legal framework based on the English system, buying property is easy.’ It was a Saturday morning, and in a little bar by the
1825, and there seems no reason to doubt this identification. Instead Jones jeopardised his career by publishing on a grander if more theoretical subject. The Principles of Government, in a Dialogue between a Scholar and a Peasant (1782) was again published as a free pamphlet by the Society for Constitutional Information. In the discursive context of elite republicanism (Jones first wrote it in French for coterie circulation), there was nothing particularly outspoken about the text. But after
BBC London News. She’d been quite chuffed to be asked to cover the funeral, picturing a prime spot in Westminster, on the Strand, if not inside St Paul’s – only to learn that they had banished her to Tilbury Town. Wherever that proved to be, it was a long haul from her home in Windsor. And now that she was here, she couldn’t find anywhere open, or anyone to talk to: not a docker, not a UKIP cheerleader, not a card-carrying leftist willing to be sound-bitten. Delighted to have bumped into someone,
identity was disclosed on the Radio 4 programme Document in 2007 and a report followed in the Daily Mail. Michael Walker Cologne * * * The Slaves of São Tomé Reading Toby Green’s account of Roger Casement’s visit to a coffee plantation in northern Angola in 1902, I was struck by the parallels with the memories of local people I met on the island of Principe in the late 1990s (LRB, 11 April). The Portuguese continued to exploit indentured labour (slaves, effectively) on cocoa plantations