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No Meat and Potatoes – Definitely No Chocolate

James Fletcher: Haydn studies, 8 February 2001

Haydn Studies 
edited by Dean Sutcliffe.
Cambridge, 343 pp., £47.50, October 1998, 0 521 58052 8
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... this; merely that ‘the quality of the symphonies declines.’ A similar objection applies to W. Dean Sutcliffe’s chapter on the piano trios. He cites Tovey’s rash remark to the effect that ‘for the violoncello independent bars are so rare that there are hardly a dozen distributed through the whole 31 extant trios’; and continues, ‘this ...


John Burnside: Fred and Rosemary West, 10 December 1998

Happy like Murderers 
by Gordon Burn.
Faber, 390 pp., £17.99, September 1998, 0 571 19546 6
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... Although it sets out to explore the lives of Fred and Rosemary West – along with Peter Sutcliffe, the most notorious figures in recent British criminal history – Happy like Murderers reads more like a novel than a documentary. In this respect, it recalls Truman Capote’s ‘novel of fact’, In Cold Blood, which made compelling fiction out of the brutal and senseless murder of an apparently typical American family in rural Kansas, and created a new genre on the way ...

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