My main reaction upon reading Danny Dorling’s book was disappointment – deep, bitter disappointment. Followed by anger. From a professor, especially an Oxford professor of geography, I expected rigour. And, although Dorling graduated only in the late 1980s, I certainly expected a 378-page book about ‘The Great Housing Disaster’ to begin in the 20th century, not the 21st.
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In 2017 Jan Morris, who died last week, wrote a paean to George Borrow's 'Wild Wales' – 'the most celebrated book written in English about Wales'.
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Cressida Connolly reviews a new biography of Sybille Bedford.
I have just spent a wonderful few minutes re-reading the best book review of the year in my opinion. It's by Piers Brendon in September's issue of @Lit_Review. Beautifully captioned as 'Jack the Lad', Brendon takes Fredrik Logevall's JFK: Vol.I apart! It's a laugh a minute. Ouch!