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Charles Lysaght

20 March 1980
Dublin made me 
by C.S. Andrews.
Mercier Press, 312 pp., £9, November 1979, 0 85342 606 6
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Home before Night 
by Hugh Leonard.
Deutsch, 202 pp., £5.25, October 1979, 0 233 97138 6
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... behind them. For this reason alone, the appearance of Dublin made me, the autobiography of Todd Andrews, is to be welcomed. Andrews has been a kind of Lord Robens or Doctor Beeching of Irish life, presiding over the destinies of state companies and exercising considerable influence in ...

Operation Backfire

Francis Spufford: Britain’s space programme

28 October 1999
... for reaching the Moon using two modules, one to orbit, one to descend to the lunar surface. The cost of the rocket – as much as a million pounds – was far more than they could raise, but they did have enough money to make a couple of instruments for it. ‘We were in the position of someone who could not afford a car, but had enough for the speedometer ...

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