‘The book that interests me most this week is a new travel book issued by Duckworth, under the title Labels. My interest in it comes less from any outstanding merits it may possess than from the fact that I wrote it myself ….’ (Evelyn Waugh reviewing Labels in Graphic on its publication in 1930).
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'Robert Silvers, editor of the New York Review of Books, once asked Isaiah Berlin who his ideal dinner guest would be. Without hesitation Berlin exclaimed, ‘William James!’'
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Hilary Mantel reviewing Margaret Atwood: a #BookerPrize double-header from the archive.
In Ali Smith's "Summer", 'the coronavirus pandemic has arrived. Lockdown happens too. There are allusions to Black Lives Matter, to online abuse and radicalisation, to things so recently news that it feels shocking to find them in a novel.'