Gilbert Phelps, 8 May 1986
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Chatto, 134 pp., £9.95, October 1985, 0 7011 3970 6Show More
The Shakespeare Wallah by Geoffrey Kendal and Clare Colvin.
Sidgwick, 186 pp., £12.95, March 1986, 0 283 99230 1Show More
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“... On the face of it, autobiography and travel should be the simplest forms of literature to write: the facts are there, there is a life or a country to be crossed. Yet they have their own special difficulties of tone and approach, and of all forms they are perhaps the most subject to the fictionality of truth, while paradoxically demanding a core of inner truth if they are to become literature ...”