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Exceptionally Wonderful Book

John Sutherland, 6 October 1994

Knowledge of Angels 
by Jill PatonWalsh.
Green Bay in association with Colt, 268 pp., £14.99, July 1994, 0 948845 05 8
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... 1948, the benefactor’s motives are transparent. As transparent is the Smarties Grand Prix, which Jill PatonWalsh won for her children’s book, Gaffer Samson’s Lunch, in 1984: Nestlé’s want to associate a product which is bad for children’s teeth with one that is thought to be good for their minds. The Encore ...


John Bayley: Serious Novels, 10 November 1994

... publishers feel unconfident, which may or may not explain their unwillingness to bring out Jill PatonWalsh’s Knowledge of Angels, which she eventually published as a private venture, though, as John Sutherland pointed out in the LRB, not without powerful American backing and a great deal of experience of her ...

The Terrifying Vrooom

Colin Burrow: Empsonising, 15 July 2021

Some Versions of Pastoral 
by William Empson, edited by Seamus Perry.
Oxford, 496 pp., £80, November 2020, 978 0 19 965966 1
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The Structure of Complex Words 
by William Empson, edited by Helen Thaventhiran and Stefan Collini.
Oxford, 672 pp., £95, November 2020, 978 0 19 871343 2
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... In​ Jill PatonWalsh’s novel Goldengrove (1972), set shortly after the Second World War, the adolescent heroine, Madge, goes on holiday to Cornwall. She falls a little in love with a professor of English literature who has been blinded in action, and reads aloud to him ...

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