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John Barnie

John Barnie edited the Welsh cultural magazine Planet from 1990 to 2006. His latest book is Fire Drill: Notes on the 21st Century.

Blair’s Style

John Barnie, 20 January 2011

One aspect of Tony Blair’s memoir was under-celebrated when it was published last year: its remarkable handling of style.* For a 700-page book that was written in a hurry, A Journey’s register is very carefully judged. (Even the grammatical errors are impressively consistent: ‘The weeping and gnashing of teeth is pointless’; ‘The manifesto and the mandate was one...

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