Robert Chesshyre

Teddy Dear

True Compass: A Memoir


Little, Brown 532pp £20 order from our bookshop

When Ted Kennedy, who died of a brain tumour aged seventy-seven in August, first ran for the US Senate in 1962, an opponent jeered that, if Kennedy had been called Edward Moore (Ted’s middle name) rather than Edward Kennedy, his candidacy would have been a ‘joke’. The accusation was that, as brother to JFK and Bobby, all Ted had to do was turn up; his name would do the rest. Playboy, drinker, womaniser, college cheat and villain in the 1969 death of Mary Jo Kopechne at Chappaquiddick, Ted without the Kennedy heritage would have been just one of those fruity, well-padded fellows who prop up sailing-club bars.

Follow Literary Review on Twitter

  • Last Tweets

    • 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… ,
    • 'Pollan has no doubt that the use of psychedelics could have a powerfully beneficial effect on a range of condition… ,
    • A memoir about an Untouchable family and the 'formation of modern India': 'Ants among Elephants' by @gidla_sujatha… ,
    • RT : First founded in Edinburgh in 1979, is considered a trusted independent source for reviews of new book… ,
    • 'In different ways Hatherley makes gritty Lódź and poor old which-country-are-we-in-this-week Lviv sound entrancing… ,
    • In this issue Lucy Popescu discusses the miscarriages of justice occurring in the investigation over Maltese journa… ,