Martyn Bedford

Plus ça change…

Arthur & George


Jonathan Cape 360pp £17.99 order from our bookshop

It is hard for us to imagine a time in this country when a man could be victimised because of his skin-colour. Or when the police could falsify evidence to prosecute an innocent suspect, or the courts find him guilty, leading to his spending years in prison before being pardoned. Or when the official inquiry could ‘spin’ its findings to protect the police, the judicial system and the Government. Hard, too, for us to imagine an age when the involvement of a celebrity could create a media buzz around a case that had previously gone under-reported. But we would do well to remember that, from the hilltops of Britain’s past, the beacons of justice, humanity and civilisation did not always burn with the dazzling intensity they do today.

Follow Literary Review on Twitter

  • Last Tweets

    • 'Who is Bibi, and why does he simultaneously arouse such admiration and antagonism?' A review of the newest biograp… ,
    • RT : Joseph Brodsky had a story about about one marathon Fidel Castro speech that was so tedious and repetitive it spark… ,
    • Here's reviewing Rachel Kushner's novel about a woman caught in the injustice of the US prison system,… ,
    • 'Hart sets out to unsettle, startle and disturb. In this strange, disconcerting, radical version of a strange, disc… ,
    • Here is @MannJessica's June crime fiction round-up, discussing books by Georges Simenon, Jack Grimwood,… ,
    • John Stubbs reviews Stephen Greenblatt's latest, 'Tyrant: Shakespeare on Power' ,
    • RT : What happened when US military strategist Herman Kahn - one of Kubrick’s three models for Dr Strangelove - took LSD… ,