Sara Wheeler

Jacks On A Table

Driving Home: An American Scrapbook


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In 1989, Jonathan Raban’s For Love and Money collected twenty years of selected essays, articles and squibs on travel, literature and the business of writing. Driving Home covers the next two decades. Much has changed in that period, both for the author and in the world he observes, but the distinctive Raban voice still carries loud and clear. ‘When you do find a match between the provisional words in your head and that shadowy, half-buried recollection of events,’ he writes in this scintillating new book, ‘there’s no mistaking it; it’s as plain as a pair of jacks on a table.’ He could have taken those last four words as his title.

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