Auld Lang Syne

Graham Hough

  • 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
  • Blue Rise by Rebecca Hill
    Joseph, 296 pp, £8.95, October 1983, ISBN 0 7181 2372 7
  • Here 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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