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Have you seen my Dada boss?

Terry Eagleton: Standing up for stereotyping, 30 November 2006

Typecasting: On the Arts and Sciences of Human Inequality 
by Ewen.
Seven Stories, 555 pp., $34.95, September 2006, 1 58322 735 0
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... people sometimes conform to type, but whether the causes of this are historical or biological. Ewen and Ewen might belatedly concede that some stereotypes are neutral or affirmative, while continuing to condemn the more negative varieties. But some derogatory stereotypes are perfectly justified; and if only these authors ...


Jenny Turner: ‘T2 Trainspotting’, 16 February 2017

... an exciting but squalid Brixton house-share. (We even had some links with the Trainspotting cast: Ewen Bremner had my room before I did, and Kelly Macdonald stayed with us for a couple of weeks while filming Stella Does Tricks, in which she played a teenage runaway, from a script by A.L. Kennedy. She was nice, poised, quiet, and had what I remember as a ...


Andrew O’Hagan: The Good Traitor, 25 September 2014

No Place to Hide: Edward Snowden, the NSA and the Surveillance State 
by Glenn Greenwald.
Hamish Hamilton, 259 pp., £20, May 2014, 978 0 241 14669 9
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... quite a bit of time objecting to the Guardian’s ideas – for instance, its suggestion that Ewen MacAskill, an experienced reporter, go to Hong Kong with him and Poitras. The Guardian knew, as it did in its earlier dealings with Julian Assange, that sources aren’t the same as journalists, and that not all journalists can make a story ...

Whose Body?

Charles Glass: ‘Operation Mincemeat’, 22 July 2010

Operation Mincemeat: The True Spy Story that Changed the Course of World War Two 
by Ben Macintyre.
Bloomsbury, 400 pp., £16.99, January 2010, 978 0 7475 9868 8
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... released in 1953, was a non-fiction book by the gambit’s architect, Lieutenant Commander Ewen Montagu of naval intelligence. Three years later, his discreet and highly redacted The Man Who Never Was became a film, in which he played a cameo role as an air-force officer who questions the wisdom of the scheme. In the meantime, Ian Colvin, a journalist ...

When the Jaw-Jaw Failed

Miles Taylor: Company Rule in India, 3 March 2016

The Tears of the Rajas: Mutiny, Money and Marriage in India 1805-1905 
by Ferdinand Mount.
Simon & Schuster, 784 pp., £12.99, January 2016, 978 1 4711 2946 9
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... In London, Emile Levita rose to be a director of the Chartered Bank of India, Australia and China; Ewen Cameron joined the fledgling Hong Kong and Shanghai Bank Corporation as its Calcutta agent. HSBC? Perhaps that’s one family connection the prime minister can do ...


James Meek: Waiting for the War to Begin, 28 July 2016

... he says, and the minder trudges off to make sure Paul doesn’t get up to any mischief. I speak to Ewen MacAskill, the Guardian’s diplomatic correspondent, in London. We talk about Luke Harding, the paper’s reporter in northern Iraq, and what a good position he’s in there, with relative freedom to move about and report, and the likelihood of him being ...

Fire and Water

Rosalind Mitchison, 17 October 1985

Water Power in Scotland: 1550-1870 
by John Shaw.
John Donald, 606 pp., £25, April 1984, 0 85976 072 3
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The History of the British Coal Industry. Vol. II: 1700-1830, The Industrial Revolution 
by Michael Flinn and David Stoker.
Oxford, 491 pp., £35, March 1984, 0 19 828283 4
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Industry and Ethos: Scotland 1832-1914 
by Sydney Checkland and Olive Checkland.
Arnold, 218 pp., £5.95, March 1984, 0 7131 6317 8
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The Jacobite Clans of the Great Glen: 1650-1784 
by Bruce Lenman.
Methuen, 246 pp., £14.95, November 1984, 0 413 48690 7
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The Prince and the Pretender: A Study in the Writing of History 
by A.J. Youngson.
Croom Helm, 270 pp., £16.95, April 1985, 0 7099 2908 0
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Canna: The Story of a Hebridean Island 
by J.L. Campbell.
Oxford, 323 pp., £25, December 1984, 0 19 920137 4
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... to carry out military duties well. A typical example of the acceptance of war is the career of Ewen Macpherson of Cluny, who was swept from the Hanoverian militia into the Jacobite army in 1745, used his considerable organising talents within it and ended his days in French service. He would probably have preferred to have spent his life in his chosen ...

How long before Ofop steps in?

Patrick Carnegy, 16 March 2000

In House: Covent Garden, 50 Years of Opera and Ballet 
by John Tooley.
Faber, 318 pp., £25, November 1999, 9780571194155
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Never Mind the Moon: My Time at the Royal Opera House 
by Jeremy Isaacs.
Bantam, 356 pp., £20, November 1999, 0 593 04355 3
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... rob critics of their second ticket, deny them open questions at a crucial press conference, fire Ewen Balfour, his popular and respected head of PR, appoint a new PR chief in the shape of the phone-slinging Keith Cooper and allow unconditional access to the cameras that put the House on television in January 1996. Isaacs’s lack of judgment remains ...

You say embargo …

Tony Wood: The Cuban Model, 1 July 2021

The Cubans: Ordinary Lives in Extraordinary Times 
by Anthony DePalma.
Bodley Head, 368 pp., £9.99, July, 978 1 78470 822 1
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We Are Cuba! How a Revolutionary People Have Survived in a Post-Soviet World 
by Helen Yaffe.
Yale, 363 pp., £18.99, February 2020, 978 0 300 23003 1
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... but also the frustrations and dissatisfactions of their lives today. His subjects include Caridad Ewen, an Afro-Cuban woman from the poor, rural east of the island who eventually became vice minister of trade; her son Oscar Matienzo, one of a new generation of Cuban businessmen; Arturo Montoto, a dissident painter who went into exile but returned to Cuba ...

Incendiary Devices

Daniel Soar: The Edward Snowden Story, 20 February 2014

The Snowden Files: The Inside Story of the World’s Most Wanted Man 
by Luke Harding.
Guardian Faber, 346 pp., £12.99, February 2014, 978 1 78335 035 3
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... knowing quite a bit about their contents. In his book Harding describes the moment when Ewen MacAskill, the Guardian journalist who travelled to Hong Kong along with Greenwald and Poitras to meet Snowden for the first time, took out his iPhone and asked Snowden whether he minded ‘if he taped their interview, and perhaps took some ...

Like Unruly Children in a Citizenship Class

John Barrell: A hero for Howard, 21 April 2005

The Laughter of Triumph: William Hone and the Fight for a Free Press 
by Ben Wilson.
Faber, 455 pp., £16.99, April 2005, 0 571 22470 9
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... has edited the Reformists’ Register for Pickering and Chatto (2003), and David Kent and D.R. Ewen have published, with Wayne State University Press, a generous selection of his satires and letters (2002). But no one has told the story of the trials more grippingly than Wilson, or conveyed better the extraordinary atmosphere in the Guildhall, or given a ...

Managing the Nation

Jonathan Parry, 18 March 2021

Conservatism: The Fight for a Tradition 
by Edmund Fawcett.
Princeton, 525 pp., £30, October 2020, 978 0 691 17410 5
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... British Conservative Party’s views on state intervention. One of the more interesting, Ewen Green’s Ideologies of Conservatism (2002), was concerned with two debates in particular – the argument in the first decades of the century about whether a return to tariffs would reduce unemployment and develop imperial markets, and the historical ...

How the sanity of poets can be edited away

Arnold Rattenbury: The Sanity of Ivor Gurney, 14 October 1999

‘Severn and Somme’ and ‘War’s Embers’ 
by Ivor Gurney, edited by R.K.R. Thornton.
Carcanet, 152 pp., £7.95, September 1997, 1 85754 348 3
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80 Poems or So 
by Ivor Gurney, edited by George Walter and R.K.R. Thornton.
Carcanet, 148 pp., £9.95, January 1997, 1 85754 344 0
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... Gloucestershire, Lucas discovers such groupings as, first, the Gimson/Barnsley craft communes at Ewen; then Daneway, Detmar Blow’s ‘soviet’ at Hilles; and eventually that grouping of Haines’s friends, the Dymock Poets – for Gurney the constant link. Closely reading the work of both Edward Thomas (himself a Dymock Poet) and Gurney (a friend of a ...

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