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Saint Q

Alan Brien, 12 September 1991

Well, I forget the rest 
by Quentin Crewe.
Hutchinson, 278 pp., £17.99, September 1991, 0 09 174835 6
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... Many is the time I have hauled Quentin Crewe into a restaurant on my back, his wrists crossed under my chin, his voice chattering into one ear or another. As I did so, I often caught a surreal glimpse of myself as some kind of hunter of human game, bearing to the cannibal feast one more main course still alive and thrashing ...

Why Walk?

Ann Schlee, 16 February 1984

Eight Feet in the Andes 
by Dervla Murphy.
Murray, 274 pp., £9.95, November 1983, 0 7195 4083 6
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West African Passage: A Journey through Nigeria, Chad and the Cameroons 
by Margery Perham, edited by A.H.M. Kirk-Greene.
Peter Owen, 245 pp., £12, September 1983, 0 7206 0609 8
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India File 
by Trevor Fishlock.
Murray, 189 pp., £9.95, September 1983, 0 7195 4072 0
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Castaway: A Story of Survival 
by Lucy Irvine.
Gollancz, 287 pp., £8.95, October 1983, 0 575 03340 1
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In Search of the Sahara 
by Quentin Crewe.
Joseph, 261 pp., £12.95, October 1983, 0 7181 2348 4
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... from. ‘The little woman inside’ triumphs even in paradise. In In Search of the Sahara Mr Quentin Crewe and his friends appear to be milling about the void in search of the void itself. Inevitably they raise the dust of the heroic trans-Saharan crossings of the last century, and this only accentuates the modern lack of urgency and quest ...

High Spirits

E.S. Turner, 17 March 1988

Living dangerously 
by Ranulph Fiennes.
Macmillan, 263 pp., £14.95, October 1987, 0 333 44417 5
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The Diaries of Lord Louis Mountbatten 1920-1922: Tours with the Prince of Wales 
edited by Philip Ziegler.
Collins, 315 pp., £15, November 1987, 0 00 217608 4
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Touch the Happy Isles: A Journey through the Caribbean 
by Quentin Crewe.
Joseph, 302 pp., £14.95, October 1987, 0 7181 2822 2
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... one turns, not without relief, to a resourceful traveller who tours the world in a wheelchair. Quentin Crewe, his publishers say, was the fourth European to cross the Empty Quarter of Saudi Arabia (shades of Wilfred Thesiger); he has also memorably traversed the Sahara. Touch the Happy Isles is a refreshingly acerbic account of island-hopping in the ...

What’s the point of HS2?

Christian Wolmar, 17 April 2014

... in London, Birmingham, Manchester and Leeds, and four parkways (including Old Oak Common; if Crewe is added, there will be five) connected by some 330 miles of railway. There will be just three connections to the existing rail network: the line has more in common with a motorway than a trunk road linking many places. The line speed, at 400 kph, will be ...

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