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Divorce me

Mary-Kay Wilmers, 17 December 1981

Love, Sex, Marriage and Divorce 
by Jonathan Gathorne-Hardy.
Cape, 384 pp., £8.50, November 1981, 0 224 01602 4
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... Twelve years ago​ Jonathan Gathorne-Hardy got divorced after ten years of marriage. In the unhappiness that followed he thought about himself and about society: would it break down too? In 1969, the year Mr Gathorne-Hardy got his decree nisi, there were 60,000 divorces in Britain: in 1980 there were 150,000 ...

Doctor, doctor

Iain McGilchrist, 4 October 1984

Doctors: The Lives and Work of GPs 
by Jonathan Gathorne-Hardy.
Weidenfeld, 307 pp., £10.95, June 1984, 0 297 78382 3
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Bulimarexia: The Binge/Purge Cycle 
by Marlene Boskind-White and William White.
Norton, 219 pp., £12.90, June 1984, 0 393 01650 1
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... Jonathan Gathorne-Hardy describes the practice of a woman doctor working alone in an inner-city wasteland: The receptionist was replacing a lavatory seat when we arrived. The other had been torn off. So that I could be shown round, a cupboard was unlocked and inside it was a small metal wall safe. Inside that, row upon row of keys ...

Did he or didn’t he?

Ronald Fraser, 20 August 1992

The Interior Castle: A Life of Gerald Brenan 
by Jonathan Gathorne-Hardy.
Sinclair-Stevenson, 660 pp., £25, July 1992, 1 85619 137 0
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... century. Now, adding another six hundred pages to the extant eight hundred-odd on Brenan’s life, Jonathan Gathorne-Hardy’s biography demonstrates that there are many things which Brenan, although an extremely honest autobiographer, didn’t fully reveal about himself and others. Indeed, to have done so would have gone against his principles: as a ...

Here in Canada

D.A.N. Jones, 21 March 1985

The Engineer of Human Souls 
by Josef Skvorecky, translated by Paul Wilson.
Chatto, 571 pp., £9.95, February 1985, 9780701129316
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The Governess 
by Patricia Angadi.
Gollancz, 181 pp., £8.95, February 1985, 0 575 03485 8
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The Anderson Question 
by Bel Mooney.
Hamish Hamilton, 185 pp., £8.95, March 1985, 9780241114568
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The Centre of the Universe is 18 Baedekerstrasse 
by Jonathan Gathorne-Hardy.
Hamish Hamilton, 199 pp., £8.95, March 1985, 0 241 11492 6
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... its epigraphs from Donne and Marcus Aurelius) might be thought to encourage and justify suicide. Jonathan Gathorne-Hardy is more dashing, in a desperate, surrealistic way. Two of the six stories in his book concern boys’ boarding-schools and the sexual confusion and guilt they sometimes promote. In ‘The Infant Hercules’, a prep-school matron ...

Heat in a Mild Climate

James Wood: Baron Britain of Aldeburgh, 19 December 2013

Benjamin Britten: A Life in the 20th Century 
by Paul Kildea.
Allen Lane, 635 pp., £30, January 2013, 978 1 84614 232 1
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Benjamin Britten: A Life for Music 
by Neil Powell.
Hutchinson, 512 pp., £25, January 2013, 978 0 09 193123 0
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... relationship.’ Kildea notes that of all the men interviewed by Humphrey Carpenter, ‘only Jonathan Gathorne-Hardy could relate an occasion when Britten overstepped the mark’:He was in a towel following a bath at Crag House, when ‘Ben came up with an extremely soppy, sentimental look on his face, and put his arms round me, and kissed me on the ...

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