Skiving

P.N. Furbank

  • You, You and You: The People Out of Step with World War Two by Pete Grafton
    Pluto, 169 pp, £2.95, February 1982, ISBN 0 86104 360 X

It is right to be suspicious of books produced by the tape-recorder, for they offer endless scope for deception and self-deception. It is perfectly possible for such a book to be saying nothing whatever for long stretches, and no one, not even the compiler, will have noticed. Or it can be saying something important which, again, the compiler never intended and is not aware of. As always with a book, we need to worry about the art involved, for that is where the book’s message will lie.

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