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John Bayley, 9 September 1993

The Life of Ian Fleming 
by Donald McCormick.
Peter Owen, 231 pp., £18.50, July 1993, 0 7206 0888 0
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... and subsequently in business journalism. Unlike Fleming’s previous biographer John Pearson, Donald McCormick makes no attempt to psychologise his subject – or to reproduce the fluency which made Pearson’s book read as easily as a James Bond thriller. His justification is to produce, among much that is already familiar, some new ...

The Health Transformation Army

James Meek: What can the WHO do?, 2 July 2020

... grey suit, his hair slicked down 1950s-style, bearing an uncomfortable resemblance to the late Donald Pleasence.It took Azar, Donald Trump’s health secretary and a one-time pharmaceutical industry lobbyist and executive, less than three snippy minutes to deliver his boss’s message. The pith was the astounding charge ...

My Darlings

Colm Tóibín: Drinking with Samuel Beckett, 5 April 2007

... plays the proprietor with a weasel brilliance I have not seen since the heyday of F.J. McCormick.’ MacGowran was a lead Irish actor who could hold the stage in the central plays in the Irish repertory. But these plays were few – notably the plays of Synge and Shaw and O’Casey, and perhaps O’Neill if you agreed that he was Irish – compared ...

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