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Darling, are you mad?

Jenny Diski: Ghost-writing for Naim Attallah

4 November 2004
by Jennie Erdal.
Canongate, 270 pp., £14.99, November 2004, 1 84195 562 0
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... who thereafter is referred to as ‘Tiger’, for no better reason than coyness as far as I can see, since the acknowledgments at the back of the book refer mostly to reviews of named books by NaimAttallah, Palestinian immigrant, publisher and, um, cultural tycoon.It can’t come as a huge surprise to the literary bits, bobs and nabobs to discover that all NaimAttallah’s books were written by ...

Stuck in Chicago

Linda Colley

12 November 1987
by Naim Attallah.
Quartet, 1165 pp., £15, October 1987, 0 7043 2625 6
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... all this one might conclude that female initiative and worldly power are still savagely limited. But how right would one be? Some of the answers can be found, though not alas at first reading, in NaimAttallah’s huge, rather silly and sporadically illuminating book, which is explicitly devoted to female ‘achievers’. Attallah himself owns Quartet, the publishing-house responsible for this ...

Woof, woof

Rosemary Hill: Auberon Waugh

7 November 2019
A Scribbler in Soho: A Celebration of Auberon Waugh 
edited by Naim Attallah.
Quartet, 341 pp., £20, January, 978 0 7043 7457 7
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... perspective of a godless eternity?’ It is these editorials, written ‘From the Pulpit’ during his editorship of the Literary Review from 1986 until his death, which form the most useful part of NaimAttallah’s ‘celebration’. As a survey of Waugh’s career this collection is less balanced than William Cook’s anthology of 2010, Kiss Me, Chudleigh, the World According to Auberon Waugh ...

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