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Erudite, witty and sometimes arguable, The London evaluation of Books informs and entertains its readers with a fortnightly dose of the easiest and liveliest of all issues cultural.

This anthology brings jointly one of the most memorable items from contemporary years, contains Alan Bennett’s Diary, Christopher Hitchens on invoice Clinton’s presidency, Terry Castle’s hotly-debated interpreting of Jane Austen’s letters, Jerry Fodor taking factor with Richard Dawkins on evolution, Victor Kiernan on treason, Jenny Diski musing on demise, Stephen Frears’ adventures in Hollywood, Linda Colley on Nancy Reagan, Frank Kermode on Paul de guy and lots more and plenty even more.

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