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Elaine Jordan, 21 April 1983

The Viaduct 
by David Wheldon.
Bodley Head, 176 pp., £5.95, March 1983, 0 370 30519 1
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Rates of Exchange 
by Malcolm Bradbury.
Secker, 310 pp., £7.95, April 1983, 0 436 06505 3
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Milena 
by Maggie Ross.
Collins, 280 pp., £8.95, April 1983, 0 00 222602 2
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No Place on Earth 
by Christa Wolf, translated by Jan van Heurck.
Virago, 110 pp., £6.95, March 1983, 9780860683636
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Look at me 
by Anita Brookner.
Cape, 192 pp., £7.50, March 1983, 0 224 02055 2
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Not Not While the Giro and Other Stories 
by James Kelman.
Polygon, 207 pp., £3.95, March 1983, 9780904919653
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... himself in the introduction to a pair of essays written twenty years ago and now reissued.* Maggie Ross is the author of The Gasteropod, a novel which won some fame in the Sixties. Her second novel is engaging but disappoints the promise it offers of questioning the relations between the novel, biography and autobiography. It celebrates ...
Dancing with Dogma: Britain under Thatcherism 
by Ian Gilmour.
Simon and Schuster, 328 pp., £16.99, October 1992, 0 671 71176 8
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... in their own right and had got used to being deferred to. In addition, the figure of battling Maggie was largely shaped by them: increasingly she acted a role written by others, and which in the end ruined her. The unreal world in which she lived in the last phase of her premiership was a result of believing what she read about herself in the ...

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