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D.A.N. Jones

21 March 1985
The Engineer of Human Souls 
by Josef Skvorecky, translated by Paul Wilson.
Chatto, 571 pp., £9.95, February 1985, 9780701129316
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The Governess 
by Patricia Angadi.
Gollancz, 181 pp., £8.95, February 1985, 0 575 03485 8
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The Anderson Question 
by Bel Mooney.
Hamish Hamilton, 185 pp., £8.95, March 1985, 9780241114568
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The Centre of the Universe is 18 Baedekerstrasse 
by Jonathan Gathorne-Hardy.
Hamish Hamilton, 199 pp., £8.95, March 1985, 0 241 11492 6
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... cold mother called Eleanor appears in The Anderson Question, with her homosexual son. The father of the family, a doctor in a West Country village, commits suicide in the first chapter. The rest of BelMooney’s novel is devoted to a sad discussion of his motives and to the feelings of Eleanor and their son, Paul, trying to get over it. Again we are reminded of Little Eyolf, with the startling ...

At the Gay Hussar

John Sutherland

20 August 1981
One and Last Love 
by John Braine.
Eyre Methuen, 175 pp., £6.50, June 1981, 0 413 47990 0
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Sweetsir 
by Helen Yglesias.
Hodder, 332 pp., £6.95, August 1981, 9780340270424
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On the Yankee Station 
by William Boyd.
Hamish Hamilton, 184 pp., £7.95, July 1981, 0 241 10426 2
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Byzantium endures 
by Michael Moorcock.
Secker, 404 pp., £6.95, June 1981, 0 436 28458 8
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Heavy Sand 
by Anatoli Rybakov, translated by Harold Shuckman.
Allen Lane, 380 pp., £7.95, June 1981, 0 7139 1343 6
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... melodrama and topical allusion to currently celebrated crimes of passion. Whether women have the right to stab importunate men is very much an issue of the day. It was, for instance, discussed by BelMooney in a recent women’s page in the Guardian. Sweetsir doesn’t clear up this tricky problem of what constitutes justified recourse to violence between the sexes: but it does focus the problem ...

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