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Divided We Grow

John Barrell: When Pitt Panicked

5 June 2003
The London Corresponding Society 1792-99 
edited by Michael T. Davis.
Pickering & Chatto, £495, June 2002, 1 85196 734 6
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Romanticism, Publishing and Dissent: Joseph Johnson and the Cause of Liberty 
by Helen Braithwaite.
Palgrave, 243 pp., £45, December 2002, 0 333 98394 7
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... in the cultural and political history of the late 18th century, and more specifically in the book trade, has developed so much that a new account of his life and work would be extremely useful. If HelenBraithwaite’s book, excellent in its way, isn’t quite it, that’s mainly because Johnson’s interests were so extensive, in a range of areas about which so much more is known than before, that ...

Irishtown

D.A.N. Jones

1 November 1984
Ironweed 
by William Kennedy.
Viking, 227 pp., £7.95, September 1984, 0 670 40176 5
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In Custody 
by Anita Desai.
Heinemann, 204 pp., £9.95, October 1984, 9780434186358
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Flaubert’s Parrot 
by Julian Barnes.
Cape, 190 pp., £8.50, October 1984, 0 241 11374 1
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... blood on his hands, is the principal character in the new sequel, Ironweed. He returns to Albany in 1938, accompanied by other alcoholic tramps, including a well-educated and musical woman called Helen and a weak, grey-haired man called Rudy, who claims to be half-Cherokee – but Francis, who bullies Rudy in a protective way, tells him his mother was only a Mex: ‘That’s why you got them high ...

Diary

Melanie McFadyean: In the Wrong Crowd

24 September 2014
... murder involving a knife to 25 years. Kinsella and his friends went out to celebrate after finishing their GCSEs. One of his friends had a disagreement with some men in a bar; one of the men, Jade Braithwaite, and two others, Juress Kika and Michael Alleyne, who came later, attacked Kinsella’s group as they left the bar. What happened was described when Kika unsuccessfully took his case to appeal ...

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