William Palmer

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The Boy Who Loved Books: A Memoir

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Every generation thinks that it has a monopoly on virtues that were sadly and pathetically absent in previous times. The baby-boomers are perhaps more guilty than most, with their smug assumption that the world was born anew in 1963. John Sutherland, the writer and critic, has the advantage over most other memoirists of the period because the early part of his life was lived before the Sixties Enlightenment, and his story is told with vividness, wit and, sometimes, anger.

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