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Shaving-Pot in Waiting

Rosemary Hill: Victoria’s Albert, 23 February 2012

Magnificent Obsession: Victoria, Albert and the Death That Changed the Monarchy 
by Helen Rappaport.
Hutchinson, 336 pp., £20, November 2011, 978 0 09 193154 4
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Albert 
by Jules Stewart.
I.B. Tauris, 276 pp., £19.99, October 2011, 978 1 84885 977 7
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... occupied in public and private life was laid open. This at least is the persuasive premise of Helen Rappaport’s Magnificent Obsession, a perceptive study of the marriage and its aftermath which gives an account of both Victoria’s and Albert’s lives but which looks for the key to Albert’s significance in the interstices ...

The Tower

Andrew O’Hagan, 7 June 2018

... recently for a recitation of ‘Dover Beach’. Just across the corridor from the El Wahabis, Helen Gebremeskel cooked supper and her daughter, Lulya, watched a movie. Helen was so proud of her all-white flat with its little prayer room and its deep purple cushions. An asylum-seeker from Ethiopia, she sometimes stood ...

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