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What she wasn’t

Joanna Biggs: ‘The Vanishing Half’, 13 August 2020

The Vanishing Half 
by Brit Bennett.
Dialogue, 343 pp., £14.99, June, 978 0 349 70146 2
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... not the horrific news that we’ve been experiencing constantly and relentlessly since March,’ Brit Bennett said of her new novel. The Vanishing Half came out a week after George Floyd was choked to death on a Minneapolis sidewalk; the novel itself begins weeks after Martin Luther King was assassinated in April 1968, and concerns twin girls who ...

Ghosts in the Palace

Tom Nairn, 24 April 1997

... for example. This is the real trouble with Conservatism: its identity-bedrock has dissolved. Old-Brit nostalgia has found for itself a kind of foreign country, the one where things were done differently. Tories are as little at home there as anybody else. The past turns out to have been institutional in character, and not, as so often thought, an aspect of ...

Out of the Pound Loney

Ronan Bennett: The demonising of Gerry Adams, 5 March 1998

Man of War, Man of Peace? The Unauthorised Biography of Gerry Adams 
by David Sharrock and Mark Devenport.
Macmillan, 488 pp., £16.99, November 1997, 0 333 69883 5
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... are following a well-trodden path, and all they have proved is that no one brings out the Brit in the British journalist quite like Gerry ...

My Heroin Christmas

Terry Castle: Art Pepper and Me, 18 December 2003

... of her giant set, avidly surfing the Internet for seven or eight hours a day. She’s got her ‘Brit Group’ to talk to – a gang of elderly ex-pats who maintain a busy online chatroom about the doings of the Royal Family and how to find Marmite in Kansas – as well as a small legion of Martha Stewartish arts and crafts sites that she checks out ...

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