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Bored Hero

Alan Bell, 22 January 1981

Raymond Asquith: Life and Letters 
by John Jolliffe.
Collins, 311 pp., £10.95, July 1980, 9780002167147
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... and hot Looked down upon us who shot ’em        And down on the devils we shot ... Mr Jolliffe’s selection gives enough of the already strikingly mature Winchester and Balliol letters to show where the reputation for brilliance arose, but fortunately there is even more of his later correspondence in which we can see how the brittle cleverness of ...

The Laying on of Hands

Alan Bennett, 7 June 2001

... we in a Catholic church?’ She had once stabbed a priest to death in a film involving John Mills so knew about churches. ‘Yes,’ she said firmly. At which point a plumpish man in a cassock crossed the chancel in order to collect a book from a pew, bowing to the altar en route. ‘See that,’ said the interviewer. ‘The bowing? That’s part ...

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