Nigel Williams

Nigel Williams play Nativity will be staged by Tricycle in November and a novel, The Wimbledon Poisoner, is due from Faber.

Upstaged in Palestine

Nigel Williams, 18 May 1989

Jean Genet’s flirtation with radical politics began with his discovery – or was it entombment? – by Sartre. It is recorded that when Genet first read Saint Genet, he was cast into deep despair, an emotion shared by many others who have tried to read Sartre’s massive study. But being a practical man he was not one to reject attention. What is extraordinary about Genet’s career is not the extent to which the sage of the Deux Magots left his mark on the subsequent work of this most individual of French writers, but the extent to which Genet managed to struggle free of his mentor.’

Prolonging her absence

Danny Karlin, 8 March 1990

Henry Farr is – or, as it turns out, is not – the ‘Wimbledon Poisoner’ of Nigel Williams’s title. He is a Pooterish solicitor, middling and muddling his way through...

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Cromwell’s Coven

John Sutherland, 4 June 1987

In an essay on the death of Macaulay, Thackeray wrote movingly about the British Museum Reading Room, where the historian had done his great work: Many Londoners – not all – have...

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Father, Son and Sewing-Machine

Patrick Parrinder, 21 February 1985

Once upon a time the novelist’s task was to be realistic and to tell a story that was lifelike, convincing and ‘sincere’. Today’s novelists are counter-Aristotelians,...

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German Jew

Michael Irwin, 17 April 1980

The Missing Years attempts to show what it was like to be a Jew in Germany during the first 45 years of this century. Dr Richard Lasson, the narrator, traces his own career from front-line...

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