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Walter Nash, 14 May 1992

‘Was … ’ 
by Geoff Ryman.
HarperCollins, 356 pp., £14.99, February 1992, 0 00 223931 0
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... find our true home, if only the heart will hold out. This confessional outburst is prompted by Geoff Ryman’s fine novel, the title of which is not Somewhere, but ‘Was ...’: a different place, perhaps, though just as far to seek, if not farther, and with as many perils and deceptions on the way. The narrative is governed by the fiction of Oz and ...

Literary Friction

Jenny Turner: Kathy Acker’s Ashes, 19 October 2017

After Kathy Acker: A Literary Biography 
by Chris Kraus.
Allen Lane, 352 pp., £20, August 2017, 978 1 63590 006 4
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... friendships with some peers and contemporaries, Jeanette Winterson, Neil Gaiman, Alan Moore, Geoff Ryman, Kaveney herself; but she was susceptible to ‘Ackerlites’ and could herself be a bit of a climber and a user. ‘Neil remarked … that I was more important to Kathy than I realised,’ Kaveney writes. ‘You were her trophy weird ...

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