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The Anatomy of Melancholy 'has never quite become a widely recognised, bona fide "classic". For long stretches, the bulk of its readership has been restricted to bibliophiles and scholars. It has had an air of murkiness and desuetude'.
'Don’t think of Watergate as being about a break-in, but about what the break-in exposed: dirty ops, dirty tricks, dirty money.'
'The leopard skins that she wore like a big-game hunter, the swaggering strut ... every detail semaphored power and valiantly atoned for inadequacy.'
Peter Conrad weighs up Laura Fairrie's documentary about Jackie Collins and her 'shag-happy fiction'.