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Vol. 21 No. 2 · 21 January 1999

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Vol. 21 No. 2 · 21 January 1999

Alan Bennett

Diary: What I did in 1998

Letters

Carol Lee, Julian Evans, Jeremy Waldron, Keith Flett, Albert Henderson, Joe Clark, Chris Wheal, Francis Wheen, James Wood, Richard Evans, Alfred Sherman, Bernard Crick

Tom Paulin

Poem: ‘Door Poem’

Dinah Birch

Female Fortune: Land, Gender and Authority. The Anne Lister Diaries and Other Writings 1833-36 edited by Jill Liddington. Rivers Oram, 298 pp., £30, September 1998, 1 85489 088 3

Colm Tóibín

A History of Gay Literature: The Male Tradition by Gregory Woods. Yale, 448 pp., £24.95, February 1998, 0 300 07201 5

Garret FitzGerald

Documents on Irish Foreign Policy. Vol. I: 1919-22 edited by Ronan Fanning. Royal Irish Academy and Department of Foreign Affairs, 548 pp., £30, October 1998, 1 874045 63 1

Frank Kermode

Beck at Bay: A Quasi-Novel by John Updike. Hamish Hamilton, 241 pp., £16.99, January 1999, 0 241 14027 7

John Sturrock

Whatever by Michel Houellebecq, translated by Paul Hammond. Serpent’s Tail, 160 pp., £8.99, January 1999, 1 85242 584 9
Les Particules élémentaires by Michel Houellebecq. Flammarion, 394 pp., frs 105, September 1998, 2 08 067472 2

Michael Byers

In Pursuit of Pinochet

Alex de Waal

Dunant’s Dream: War, Switzerland and the History of the Red Cross by Caroline Moorehead. HarperCollins, 780 pp., £24.99, May 1998, 0 00 255141 1
The Warrior’s Honour: Ethnic War and the Modern Conscience by Michael Ignatieff. Chatto, 207 pp., £10.99, February 1998, 0 7011 6324 0

Kwame Dawes

Story: ‘Inheritance: A Fragment’

August Kleinzahler

The Poet as Spy: The Life and Wild Times of Basil Bunting by Keith Alldritt. Aurum, 221 pp., £19.95, October 1998, 1 85410 477 2

Robert Crawford

TheLeaf and the Marble by Iain Crichton Smith. Carcanet, 80 pp., £6.95, October 1998, 1 85754 400 5

C.J. Stone

Diary: A Day in the Life of a Car-Park Attendant

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