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Norman Hampson, 4 August 1983

The Younger Pitt: The Reluctant Transition 
by John Ehrman.
Constable, 689 pp., £20, June 1983, 0 09 464930 8
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Lord Aberdeen: A Political Biography 
by Muriel Chamberlain.
Longman, 583 pp., £25, May 1983, 0 582 50462 7
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... conciliation and, by confusing the Russians, perhaps helped to bring about an unnecessary war. Dr Chamberlain draws a sympathetic portrait of a man whose warmth and humour in his private life, despite an endless succession of family tragedies, belied a public reputation for aloofness so pronounced that it even intimidated Gladstone before their first ...

With the wind in our shrouds

Mary Beard, 26 July 1990

The Making of ‘The Golden Bough’: The Origin and Growth of an Argument 
by Robert Fraser.
Macmillan, 240 pp., £35, July 1990, 0 333 49631 0
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... as a good companion for the long nights of the war to come – an idea supported by Mrs Neville Chamberlain herself, who, according to the Evening News, used to take The Golden Bough with her on most of her travels. This success was not even an exclusively British phenomenon. In New York in 1940 The Golden Bough ran neck and neck with Mein Kampf as ...

Gruff Embraces

Philip Purser, 21 October 1993

The Expense of Glory: A Life of John Reith 
by Ian McIntyre.
HarperCollins, 447 pp., £20, September 1993, 0 00 215963 5
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... pleasure of girls. For a while they are rivals for the same girl, Reith’s future wife Muriel, but the hysterics only really break out when Charlie meets and marries someone Reith considers unsuitable. In the diaries she is ‘Jezebel’, ‘the Scarlet Woman’ or ‘the Whore of Babylon’. For the rest of his life he goes out of his way to hurt ...


Frank Kermode, 22 May 1980

The Reign of Sparrows 
by Roy Fuller.
London Magazine Editions, 69 pp., £3.95, February 1980, 0 904388 29 8
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by Roy Fuller.
London Magazine Editions, 191 pp., £4.95, February 1980, 0 904388 30 1
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... Rare Poems of the 17th Century’: Coppinger, Pordage, Collop, Fayne, Fettiplace, Farley, Chamberlain – They could be the darling poets of my youth: I almost search among the names for mine ... Three hundred years ago they were consoled For lack of genius and fame by some Astonishing trope or stanza’s tailoring. Strange that the consolation ...

The Tower

Andrew O’Hagan, 7 June 2018

... their eyes and blamed the council.One of the local government people I spoke to is called Clare Chamberlain. If you were to contact central casting and ask for a committed Children’s Services manager, you’d be hoping they’d send you a person exactly like her, a smart, Guardian-reading liberal. She is unsentimental about England’s social problems and ...

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