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Vol. 22 No. 6 · 16 March 2000

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Peter Campbell

Terry Castle

Secrets of the Flesh: A Life of Colette by Judith Thurman. Bloomsbury, 596 pp., £25, November 1999, 0 7475 4309 7

Letters

Edward Luttwak, Theresa Wells-King, Donald John Lachowicz, Freeman B. Crouch III, Richard Thompson, Julian Burgess, Nicholas Murray, Richard Gott, John Kane-Berman, Christine Sypnowich, Lindesay Irvine, Bernard Bergonzi, Phyllis Wright King, Michael Coates, Jim Cook, Diana Hendry

Dennis O’Driscoll

Poem: ‘Not Yourself’

Inga Clendinnen

Mirror Talk: Genres of Crisis in Contemporary Autobiography by Susanna Egan. North Carolina, 275 pp., £39.95, September 1999, 0 8078 4782 8

John Vincent

Reforming the House of Lords: Lessons from Overseas by Meg Russell. Oxford, 368 pp., £18.99, January 2000, 0 19 829831 5

Jane Binyon

Delays that Kill

David Rose

When the mortar doesn’t hold

Zachary Leader

Morgan: American Financier by Jean Strouse. Harvill, 816 pp., £25, June 1999, 9781860463556

John Upton

King of the World: Muhammad Ali and the Rise of an American Hero by David Remnick. Picador, 326 pp., £14.99, October 1999, 0 330 37188 6
Muhammad Ali: Ringside edited by John Miller and Aaron Kenedi. Virgin, 128 pp., £14.99, September 1999, 1 85227 852 8

Richard Rorty

Being that can be understood is language

Patrick Carnegy

In House: Covent Garden, 50 Years of Opera and Ballet by John Tooley. Faber, 318 pp., £25, November 1999, 9780571194155
Never Mind the Moon: My Time at the Royal Opera House by Jeremy Isaacs. Bantam, 356 pp., £20, November 1999, 0 593 04355 3

Stephanie Burt

Collected Poems by Les Murray. Carcanet, 476 pp., £12.95, May 1988, 1 85754 369 6
Fredy Neptune by Les Murray. Carcanet, 256 pp., £19.95, May 1999, 1 85754 433 1
Conscious and Verbal by Les Murray. Carcanet, 89 pp., £6.95, October 1999, 1 85754 453 6

John Reader

The Politics of the Independence of Kenya by Keith Kyle. Macmillan, 258 pp., £18.99, April 1999, 0 333 76098 0

August Kleinzahler

Where I Live Now: Stories 1993-98 by Lucia Berlin. Black Sparrow, 240 pp., $25, March 1999, 1 57423 091 3

Richard Davenport-Hines

Cult Criminals: The Newgate Novels 1830-47 by Juliet John. Routledge, 2750 pp., £399, December 1998, 0 415 14383 7

Jason Brown

Fast Food: Roadside Restaurants in the Automobile Age by John Jakle and Keith Sculle. Johns Hopkins, 394 pp., £27, January 2000, 0 8018 6109 8

A.N. Wilson

Prince Charming: A Memoir by Christopher Logue. Faber, 340 pp., £20, September 1999, 9780571197682

Charles Nicholl

Diary: At the Maison Rimbaud in Harar

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