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By the Gasometers

Andrew O’Hagan

1 July 2015
... photograph, from 1974, captures their bleak majesty and provides a memento of a very different London. It appears in a new book of his work, London Life (Spitalfields Life, 285 pp., £25, June, 978 0 9576569 5 6), that proves there were things in the world before Google, and places before Google Maps. In the way of modern preservations, one of the gasometers (after a facelift in Yorkshire ...

Warmer, Warmer

John Lanchester: Global Warming, Global Hot Air

22 March 2007
The Revenge of Gaia 
by James Lovelock.
Allen Lane, 222 pp., £8.99, February 2007, 978 0 14 102597 1
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Climate Change 2007: The Physical Science Basis Summary for Policymakers: Contribution of Working Group I to the Fourth Assessment Report of the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change 
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Heat: How to Stop the Planet Burning 
by George Monbiot.
Allen Lane, 277 pp., £17.99, September 2006, 0 7139 9923 3
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The Party’s Over: Oil, War and the Fate of Industrial Societies 
by Richard Heinberg.
Clairview, 320 pp., £12.99, October 2005, 1 905570 00 7
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The Economics of Climate Change: The Stern Review 
by Nicholas Stern.
Cambridge, 692 pp., £29.99, January 2007, 978 0 521 70080 1
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... re heading for breeding pairs, and camels in the Arctic. Work consulted in the writing of this piece: Field Notes from a Catastrophe by Elizabeth Kolbert (Bloomsbury, 210 pp., £14.99, June 2006, 978 0 7475 8383 7) Dictionary of Environment and Conservation by Chris Park (Oxford, 522 pp., £19.99, November 2006, 978 0 19 860995 7) After Eden: The Evolution of Human Domination by Kirkpatrick Sale ...

Who do you think you are?

Jacqueline Rose: Trans Narratives

4 May 2016
... The True Story of a Nice Jewish Boy who Joins the Church of Scientology and Leaves Twelve Years Later to Become the Lovely Lady She Is Today by Kate Bornstein (Beacon, 258 pp., £11.30, July 2013, 978 0 8070 0183 7) Dear Sir or Madam by Mark Rees (Mallard, £8, Kindle edition) Trans: A Memoir by Juliet Jacques (Verso, 330 pp., £16.99, September 2015, 978 1 7847 8164 4) The Transgender Studies ...

What We’re about to Receive

Jeremy Harding: Food Insecurity

13 May 2010
... with a sail rigged for propitious trade winds seems like a form of madness. A digest of sources: Waste: Uncovering the Global Food Scandal by Tristram Stuart. Penguin, 496 pp., £9.99, July 2009, 978 0 14 103634 2 Eat Your Heart Out: Why the Food Business Is Bad for the Planet and Your Health by Felicity Lawrence. Penguin, 352 pp., £8.99, June 2008, 978 0 14 102601 5 Hungry City: How ...

If It Weren’t for Charlotte

Alice Spawls: The Brontës

16 November 2017
... pursuit of that fleeting figure. I would like to let her go.Among recent books consulted in the writing of this piece:Charlotte Brontë: A Life by Claire Harman (Penguin, 446 pp., £9.99, April 2016, 978 0 241 96366 1)The Brontës: A Life in Letters by Juliet Barker (Little, Brown, 464 pp., £25, April 2016, 978 1 4087 0831 6)Outsiders: Five Women Writers Who Changed the World by Lyndall Gordon ...

King shall hold kingdom

Tom Shippey: Æthelred the Unready

29 March 2017
Æthelred: The Unready 
by Levi Roach.
Yale, 369 pp., £30, September 2016, 978 0 300 19629 0
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... Levi Roach​ ’s book is an attempt to redeem the reputation of Æthelred II, king of England, with one interruption, from 978 to 1016. This is a hard task, as the book’s title concedes: Æthelred has been known as ‘the Unready’ for around a thousand years. Ever since 1066 and All That (originally a parody of Oxford ...
20 March 1997
The Anglo-Saxon Chronicle 
edited and translated by M.J. Swanton.
Dent, 364 pp., £20, June 1996, 0 460 87737 2
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... sentence breaks off with room still available on the page. That shows – doesn’t it? – that this text was written after 8 July 975, the day Edgar died, and before Edward was murdered on 18 March 978: the annalist knew Edward was king but didn’t know how long he would live. Not at all, Professor Janet Bately replies: it would be very unusual for an annalist to start reckoning the lifespan of a ...

De Gaulle’s Debt

Patrice Higonnet: Moulin, the French martyr

4 December 2003
Jean Moulin: Le politique, le rebelle, le résistant 
by Jean-Pierre Azéma.
Perrin, 507 pp., €24, April 2003, 2 262 01329 2
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... By 1995, there were 37 monuments and 113 plaques dedicated to Jean Moulin in France; 978 boulevards, avenues, streets, squares, bridges and stadiums were named after him, as well as more than 365 schools, including one university. There are even more today; only de Gaulle is more ...

Do I like it?

Terry Castle: Outsider Art

28 July 2011
... indeed, I am not pleased the way I thought I would be pleased. Some recent books on Outsider Art: Create by Lawrence Rinder with Matthew Riggs and Kevin Killian (California, 179 pp., £16.98, July, 978 0 97193979 0) Martín Ramírez by Brooke Davis Anderson (Marquand and the American Folk Art Museum, 2007) Martín Ramírez: The Last Works by Brooke Davis Anderson (Pomegranate, 2008) Henry Darger ...

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