England’s Troubles

Frank Kermode

  • The Scent of Dried Roses by Tim Lott
    Viking, 275 pp, £16.00, September 1996, ISBN 0 670 86460 9

The author, now about forty, has long since shown how easy he finds it to be a success in the world. As magazine editor, television producer, businessman, he has made money without great effort. He is acquainted with grief in the predictable varieties that hardly anybody escapes, but he has also experienced a serious depression which almost drove him to suicide. Soon after he got over that his mother killed herself. He got over that. Now he is happily married and has written this unusual book.

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