Jeremy Lewis

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There and Then: Personal Terms 6

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There and Then is the sixth volume of Frederic Raphael’s diaries-cum-notebooks, the first of which was published in 2001. It covers the years 1979 to 1981. I haven’t read its predecessors, but if this is anything to go by, I can’t wait to make amends. Shrewd, funny, gossipy and elegantly written, it combines rueful self-analysis with perceptive and, one suspects, all too accurate character assessments of well-known contemporaries, together with musings on Lord Byron, drama in ancient Greece and the state of the nation under Thatcher. 

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