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Mary Wellesley: Living in Her Own Grave, 23 May 2019

Hermits and Anchorites in England, 1200-1550 
edited by E.A. Jones.
Manchester, 232 pp., £18.99, January 2019, 978 1 5261 2723 5
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... the anchoritic life, as well as a wealth of documentary evidence, much of it collected in E.A. Jones’s new volume Hermits and Anchorites in England, 1200-1550. It often makes for grim reading. Anchoresses were required to remain in their cells (on average 12 feet square); any windows were covered by a thick black curtain. They were tended to by a ...

Boss of the Plains

D.A.N. Jones, 19 May 1983

The Boy Scout Handbook and Other Observations 
by Paul Fussell.
Oxford, 284 pp., £9.95, January 1983, 0 19 503102 4
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... Fussell seems to be quite serious. He is wearing his ‘Boss of the Plains’ hat. He appends an exam paper, listing examples of Greene’s casual and Shakespearian handling of proverbial phrases, singulars and plurals, who and whom. He instructs his imaginary candidates: ‘Correct the grammar! Eliminate the cliché!’ (Fussell gets fussed about ...

Who is Stewart Home?

Iain Sinclair, 23 June 1994

... racist shenanigans in local politics, meningitis, necrotising fasciitis. The birthplace of Brian Jones. The malign triangulation of royal residences.Meat and drink to Home who is gleefully stomping the bollocks out of what he perceives to be an effete and self-regarding culture. He gives the name of the professionally enraged right-wing turncoat, Paul ...

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