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The doughboy moved in

Laura Beers: Multicultural Britain

7 March 2019
Mixing It: Diversity in World War Two Britain 
by Wendy Webster.
Oxford, 336 pp., £26, March 2018, 978 0 19 873576 2
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Unsettled: Refugee Camps and the Making of Multicultural Britain 
by Jordanna Bailkin.
Oxford, 304 pp., £30, July 2018, 978 0 19 881421 4
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... I am not​ the first member of my family to make the reverse migration from the United States to the ‘Old Country’, as my grandfather (who wasn’t of British or Irish descent) used to refer to the UK. In the summer of 1942, grandpa set sail from New York harbour for Northern Ireland. He arrived in early July and stayed for the next two years, first in Ireland and then in Wiltshire, before crossing to France on D-Day ...

Fiery Particle

Lawrence Goldman: Red Ellen Wilkinson

12 July 2017
Red Ellen: The Life of Ellen Wilkinson, Socialist, Feminist, Internationalist 
by Laura Beers.
Harvard, 568 pp., £23.95, October 2016, 978 0 674 97152 3
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... Labour MP who respected the parliamentary road to socialism. But there is another Wilkinson in Laura Beers’s biography who could easily be claimed by those who have taken charge of Labour since the 2015 election. As an undergraduate in Manchester, and perhaps under the influence of a boyfriend who was briefly also her fiancé, a manipulative and ...

Zeitgeist Man

Jenny Diski: Dennis Hopper

22 March 2012
Dennis Hopper: The Wild Ride of a Hollywood Rebel 
by Peter Winkler.
Robson, 376 pp., £18.99, November 2011, 978 1 84954 165 7
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... then sank into a not so creative craziness with the daily help of three grams of coke, thirty beers, an untold amount of tequila, smoothed over with quantities of grass. After a suicide attempt and rehab, Wim Wenders cast him as an emotionally flat but lethally friendly Tom Ripley in The American Friend in 1977, probably his best movie and performance so ...

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