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22 December 1983
The Other Side of the Fire 
by Alice Thomas Ellis.
Duckworth, 156 pp., £7.95, November 1983, 0 7156 1809 1
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London Tales 
edited by Julian Evans.
Hamish Hamilton, 309 pp., £8.95, October 1983, 0 241 11123 4
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Londoners 
by Maureen Duffy.
Methuen, 240 pp., £7.95, October 1983, 0 413 49350 4
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Good Friends, Just 
by Anne Leaton.
Chatto, 152 pp., £7.95, September 1983, 0 7011 2710 4
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... She writes of a transsexual in a bar: ‘She held her short glass delicately, woman to the manner made, who might own a dress shop in Stockport without looking out of place.’ As with the college in Porthcawl, there is an unconvincing and patronising blur about this: one would rather have the actual woman from Stockport, whose story might be ...

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