Auld Lang Syne
- Sebastian or Ruling Passions by Lawrence Durrell
Faber, 202 pp, £7.95, October 1983, ISBN 0 571 13445 9
- Woman Beware Woman by Emma Tennant
Cape, 176 pp, £7.95, November 1983, ISBN 0 224 02164 8
- Queen of Stones by Emma Tennant
Picador, 159 pp, £2.50, September 1983, ISBN 0 330 28074 0
- BuyBlue Rise by Rebecca Hill
Joseph, 296 pp, £8.95, October 1983, ISBN 0 7181 2372 7
- BuyHere to get my baby out of jail by Louise Shivers
Collins, 141 pp, £6.95, October 1983, ISBN 0 00 002273 X
It is not the easiest thing to discuss a novel that is the fourth of a series of five. Sebastian is not properly intelligible without an acquaintance with its predecessors, Monsieur (1974), Livia (1978), Constance (1982); and the ultimate destination, if there is to be one, is not yet visible. As it happened, I read them in the wrong order, but such is the vitality and attack of Durrell’s writing that it hardly mattered. Enter them anywhere and one is sucked into the stream.
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