Doing blow

Michael Wood

  • You’ll never eat lunch in this town again by Julia Phillips
    Heinemann, 650 pp, £15.99, June 1991, ISBN 0 434 58801 6

Most of our current nostalgia goes to the Fifties and Sixties when it doesn’t go to some Victorian never-never land. The Seventies! How could we forget them? Or remember them? Were they anything other than time on the clock? There was a lot of supposed recovering from the Sixties, and of denying the Sixties ever happened. It was an age of narcissism, some said, but we were too self-absorbed to notice. Our nostalgia is really going to have to work hard here.

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