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12 July 1990
A Life with Food 
by Peter Langan and Brian Sewell.
Bloomsbury, 128 pp., £16.99, May 1990, 9780747502203
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... repetition on the back of the jacket, this book is a bull shot, like the cocktail at the bar in Langan’s Brasserie. It consists of Langan’s self-portrait, written in the sleepless marches, to which the art critic Brian Sewell has contributed a memoir of friendship which will come as a pleasant surprise to readers more ...

Gallivanting

Karl Miller: Edna O’Brien

22 November 2012
Country Girl: A Memoir 
by Edna O’Brien.
Faber, 339 pp., £20, September 2012, 978 0 571 26943 3
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... with all its sins and guile and blandishments was beckoning.’ ‘Gallivanting’ was beckoning. Peter Abelard, as she calls a lay admirer, an inaugural married man, landed her in one of love’s many fiascos. She went off to Dublin, where she apprenticed herself to a pharmacist and to the literary community, where more denigrators were awaiting her, honing ...

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