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In Praise of Follett

John Sutherland

16 October 1980
The Key to Rebecca 
by Ken Follett.
Hamish Hamilton, 311 pp., £5.95, October 1980, 0 241 10492 0
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Joshua Then and Now 
by Mordecai Richler.
Macmillan, 435 pp., £6.95, September 1980, 0 333 30025 4
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Loosely Engaged 
by Christopher Matthew.
Hutchinson, 150 pp., £4.95, September 1980, 0 09 142830 0
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Imago Bird 
by Nicholas Mosley.
Secker, 185 pp., £5.95, September 1980, 9780436288463
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A Quest of Love 
by Jacquetta Hawkes.
Chatto, 220 pp., £6.50, October 1980, 0 7011 2536 5
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... present enterprise, predicts that ‘things work in sudden jumps’. It’s a fair expectation that future instalments of this serial will jump us back into the unreadably difficult. The method of JacquettaHawkes’s A Quest of Love is appropriately archaeological. A well-organised dig into the past, it records, in successive historical strata, the experience of ‘advanced women’. These women are ...

Chucky, Hirple, Clart

David Craig: Robert Macfarlane

23 September 2015
Landmarks 
by Robert Macfarlane.
Hamish Hamilton, 387 pp., £20, March 2015, 978 0 241 14653 8
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... kind of literary criticism of books by writers such as Peter Davidson (The Idea of North), Nan Shepherd (The Living Mountain), Richard Jefferies (Nature near London), J.A. Baker (The Peregrine), JacquettaHawkes (A Land) and Roger Deakin (Waterlog). It’s interesting that all these were connoisseurs of nature rather than workers with it or in it. Macfarlane’s accounts of them have a scholar’s ...

Embarrassment and Loss

Marghanita Laski

19 February 1981
A Way to Die 
by Rosemary Zorza.
Deutsch, 254 pp., £5.95, October 1980, 0 233 97355 9
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Letter to a Younger Son 
by Christopher Leach.
Dent, 155 pp., £5.95, January 1981, 0 460 04496 6
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Bereavement 
by Colin Murray Parkes.
Pelican, 267 pp., £1.50, June 1980, 0 14 021833 5
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... that can help to assuage the parents’ pain. Any parent can realise that the loss of a child must be, in some ways, the most shocking kind of death, because out of the way of nature, which is, as JacquettaHawkes once wrote, that the mother lies beneath the daughter, the grandmother beneath the mother. The loss of a parent is usually well endured. Of nearly unendurable deaths, that most often faced is ...

The New Archaeology

Patrick Wormald

18 March 1982
A Short History of Archaeology 
by Glyn Daniel.
Thames and Hudson, 232 pp., £9.50, June 1981, 0 500 02101 5
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A Social History of Archaeology 
by Kenneth Hudson.
Macmillan, 197 pp., £20, March 1981, 0 333 25679 4
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Rites of the Gods 
by Aubrey Burl.
Dent, 258 pp., £12, September 1981, 0 460 04313 7
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... of human behaviour on such evidence, even if one grants that human behaviour as opposed to human biology is to any real extent predictable. Archaeology can disprove; it cannot prove. Secondly, as JacquettaHawkes has observed, too much emphasis on the scientific element in archaeology (though this element undoubtedly exists) is liable to lead to a lack of emphasis on the artistic side. Archaeology must ...

Phantom Jacks

John Bayley

5 January 1989
Jack: C.S. Lewis and His Times 
by George Sayer.
Macmillan, 278 pp., £14.95, November 1988, 0 333 43362 9
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J.B. Priestley 
by Vincent Brome.
Hamish Hamilton, 512 pp., £16.95, October 1988, 9780241125601
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Eddy: The Life of Edward Sackville-West 
by Michael De-la-Noy.
Bodley Head, 341 pp., £16, October 1988, 0 370 31164 7
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... in walking upon the water. His sense of himself was romantic and naive but also comic, the two never quite adjusting to each other. After two marriages and many affairs he fell deeply in love with JacquettaHawkes, seeing himself as Bottom the Weaver miraculous adored by Titania. Lewis also found intense happiness in a late marriage, with Joy Davidman, a disciple from America. What he wrote about it is ...

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