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Misbehavin’

Susannah Clapp, 23 July 1987

A Life with Alan: The Diary of A.J.P. Taylor’s Wife, Eva, from 1978 to 1985 
by Eva Haraszti Taylor.
Hamish Hamilton, 250 pp., £14.95, June 1987, 0 241 12118 3
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The Painted Banquet: My Life and Loves 
by Jocelyn Rickards.
Weidenfeld, 172 pp., £14.95, May 1987, 0 297 79119 2
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The Beaverbrook Girl 
by Janet Aitken Kidd.
Collins, 240 pp., £12.95, May 1987, 0 00 217602 5
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... has enjoyed what he described in the London Review as an ‘uninterrupted round of happiness’. Jocelyn Rickards is also an expatriate. Her account of English society and English love differs conspicuously from Eva Taylor’s in its taste for the racy. The Painted Banquet is not a benign book. Oscar Lewenstein pronounced its author ‘the wickedest ...

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