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Grand Old Sod

Paul Driver: William Walton

12 December 2002
The Selected Letters of William Walton 
edited by Malcolm Hayes.
Faber, 526 pp., £30, January 2002, 0 571 20105 9
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William Walton: Muse of Fire 
by Stephen Lloyd.
Boydell, 332 pp., £45, June 2001, 9780851158037
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William Walton, the Romantic Loner: A Centenary Portrait Album 
by Humphrey Burton and Maureen Murray.
Oxford, 182 pp., £25, January 2002, 0 19 816235 9
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... his Hindemith theme as a tone-row lacking a note), and rich in appendices. Humphrey Burton’s and Maureen Murray’s stylishly informative life-in-pictures is pure celebration, and it’s fascinating to follow the unlikely but unwinding road that leads from Werneth to Oxford to Chelsea, Ischia and Grand Old Sod-dom. Walton’s sheer luck is apparent, as ...

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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... whose ‘preciosity sold quite well’. In Sydney she set up house with the photographer Alec Murray and a gaggle of painters and sculptors; they gave parties at which Marie Rambert turned cartwheels; they dreamed of going to Europe. In London her first new friend was the photographer Eric Deakin, who had just been sacked by Vogue for curtseying to Cecil ...

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