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One Eye on the Neighbours

Jeremy Harding, 22 April 1993

A Complicated War: The Harrowing of Mozambique 
by William Finnegan.
California, 344 pp., £25, April 1992, 0 520 07804 7
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Conspicuous Destruction: War, Famine and the Reform Process in Mozambique 
by Karl Maier, Kemal Mustafa and Alex Vines.
Africa Watch, 202 pp., £8.99, July 1992, 1 56432 079 0
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African Laughter: Four Visits to Zimbabwe 
by Doris Lessing.
HarperCollins, 442 pp., £16.99, October 1992, 0 00 255019 9
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... He researched Conspicuous Destruction with the help of two other journalists, Kemal Mustafa and Alex Vines. It is a formal catalogue of human and political rights abuses by both sides in the war – a ‘civil war’ no less – with a condensed introduction to the history of Mozambique and a wealth of interviews with Mozambicans who have suffered at ...

John McEnroe plus Anyone

Edward Said: Tennis, 1 July 1999

The Right Set: The Faber Book of Tennis 
edited by Caryl Phillips.
Faber, 327 pp., £12.99, June 1999, 0 571 19540 7
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... them, but not at the expense of the French Musketeers, and great prewar players like Ellsworth Vines, who isn’t even mentioned. But then neither are the dominant postwar figures like Kovacs, Trabert, Seixas, Savitt, Kovalevski, Talbert, Falkenberg and Ralston. The Right Set rarely takes you inside the game as it is played and lived rather than as it is ...

What We’re about to Receive

Jeremy Harding: Food Insecurity, 13 May 2010

... and peppers consumed in the UK.In the tomato glasshouse, the sharp, sage-and-lime scent of the vines is the strongest impression. The next is that there are very few indigenous British among the workforce running trolleys up and down the rails built into the grid layout of the building. ‘They’re originally Eastern European,’ one of the Dutch growers ...

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