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    All the people like us (5 Reviews)
    My Beautiful Laundrette, by Hanif Kureishi
    1. My Beautiful Laundrette by Hanif Kureishi
    2. London Perceived by V.S. Pritchett and Evelyn Hofer
    3. Europe Without Baedeker by Edmund Wilson
    4. Memoirs of Hecate County by Edmund Wilson
    5. Tough Guys Don't Dance by Norman Mailer
    The New Statesman, February 21, 1986, p. 27
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    Beyond good and evil (8 Reviews)
    Spanish Front, by Valentine Cunningham
    1. Spanish Front by Valentine Cunningham
    2. The Spanish Cockpit by Franz Borkenau
    3. Her Privates We by Frederic Manning (Private 19022)
    4. In the Cannon's Mouth by P.J. Campbell
    5. Love, Sex and War by John Costello
    6. Slow Boats Home by Gavin Young
    7. So Far from God by Patrick Marnham
    8. Journeys by Jan Morris
    The New Statesman, August 1, 1986, p. 28
  3. Domes of Fortune (1979)
    1 Review
  4. [+]
    From Russia with jokes (7 Reviews)
    The Portable Twentieth-Century Russian Reader, by Clarence Brown
    1. The Portable Twentieth-Century Russian Reader by Clarence Brown
    2. Islanders and the Fisher of Men by Yevgeny Zamyatin
    3. The Life of the Automobile by Ilya Ehrenburg
    4. Moscow Circles by Benedict Erofeev
    5. Stars and Bars by William Boyd
    6. Pitch Dark by Renata Adler
    7. Bad Girls by Mary Flanagan
    The New Statesman, December 6, 1985, p. 25
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    Hyperbole (3 Reviews)
    Money: A Suicide Note, by Martin Amis
    1. Money: A Suicide Note by Martin Amis
    2. Memoirs of Hecate County by Edmund Wilson
    3. Travis McGee: Three Complete Novels by John D. MacDonald
    The New Statesman, April 18, 1986, p. 27
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    Index-linked (5 Reviews)
    Mailer: A Biography, by Hilary Mills
    1. Mailer: A Biography by Hilary Mills
    2. Pieces and Pontifications by Norman Mailer
    3. The Return of Martin Guerre by Natalie Zemon Davis
    4. Trial by Impotence by Pierre Darmon
    5. A Tourist in Africa by Evelyn Waugh
    The New Statesman, April 19, 1985, p. 34
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    It really happened (5 Reviews)
    Welcome to America, by Michael Heath
    1. Welcome to America by Michael Heath
    2. New York Days, New York Nights by Stephen Brook
    3. Something Wholesale by Eric Newby
    4. My Last Sigh by Luis Bunuel
    5. Ends and Beginnings by Alexander Herzen
    The New Statesman, June 28, 1985, p. 27
  8. Lenin: The Novel (1987)
    2 Reviews, 2 Readable
  9. [+]
    Lifelines (6 Reviews)
    Memories and Glimpses, by A.L. Rowse
    1. Memories and Glimpses by A.L. Rowse
    2. The Legend of the Master: Henry James by Simon Nowell-Smith
    3. Hilaire Belloc: A Biography by A.N. Wilson
    4. Significant Sisters by Margaret Forster
    5. The Face of War by Martha Gellhorn
    6. Cat's Cradle by Kurt Vonnegut, Jr.
    The New Statesman, May 30, 1986, p. 28
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    Like Chinese whispers (5 Reviews)
    Evelyn Waugh: Portrait of a Country Neighbour, by Frances L. Donaldson
    1. Evelyn Waugh: Portrait of a Country Neighbour by Frances L. Donaldson
    2. Scouse Mouse by George Melly
    3. Marcel Proust: Selected Letters, 1890-1903 by Ralph Manheim
    4. The Lisle Letters by Bridget Boland
    5. Cop World by James McClure
    The New Statesman, October 18, 1985, p. 26
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    My enemy's enemies (7 Reviews)
    The Mystery of Dr. Fu-Manchu, by Sax Rohmer
    1. The Mystery of Dr. Fu-Manchu by Sax Rohmer
    2. The Estate of the Beckoning Lady by Margery Allingham
    3. The Enormous Shadow by Robert Harling
    4. The Dark Red Star by Ivan Ruff
    5. Watching the Detectives by Julian Rathbone
    6. The Suburbs of Hell by Randolph Stow
    7. Candido: Or, Dream Dreamed in Sicily by Leonardo Sciascia
    The New Statesman, May 24, 1985, p. 32
  12. [+]
    Own gaols? (3 Reviews)
    The Uses of Anti-Communism, by John Saville and Ralph Miliband
    1. The Uses of Anti-Communism by John Saville and Ralph Miliband
    2. The Stalinist Legacy by Tariq Ali
    3. Memoirs of a Revolutionary, 1901-1941 by Victor Serge and Peter Sedgwick
    The New Statesman, February 15, 1985, p. 32
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    Paperbacks (8 Reviews)
    An everyday story of powerful folk
    1. The Kennedys by Peter Collier and David Horowitz
    2. Ballantyne's Folly by Claud Cockburn
    3. Beat the Devil by James Helvick
    4. Academic Year by D.J. Enright
    5. A Guide to Proust by Terence Kilmartin
    6. The Country and the City by Raymond Williams
    7. Broomsticks Over Flaxborough by Colin Watson
    8. Whatever's Been Going On At Mumblesby? by Colin Watson
    The New Statesman, August 16, 1985, p. 25
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    A paradox, a paradox (9 Reviews)
    Revolutionary Road, by Richard Yates
    1. Revolutionary Road by Richard Yates
    2. Appointment in Samarra by John O'Hara
    3. The Byzantine Riddle, and Other Stories by Eugene Walter
    4. The Untidy Pilgrim by Eugene Walter
    5. Something I've Been Meaning to Tell You by Alice Munro
    6. The Master Key by Masako Togawa
    7. Rituals by Cees Nooteboom
    8. The Albatross Muff by Barbara Hanrahan
    9. Flying Visits by Clive James
    The New Statesman, January 17, 1986, p. 30
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    Power plays (8 Reviews)
    A Wave, by John Ashbery
    1. A Wave by John Ashbery
    2. The King David Report by Stefan Heym
    3. The Media Monopoly by Ben H. Bagdikian
    4. Rights on Trial by Arthur Kinoy
    5. The Attack on the Mill, and Other Stories by Emile Zola
    6. The Early Short Stories, 1883-1888 by Anton Chekhov
    7. The Russian Master, and Other Stories by Anton Chekhov
    8. Selected Letters by Anton Chekhov
    The New Statesman, January 18, 1985, p. 32
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    Violence and sex (6 Reviews)
    Granta 19: More Dirt,
    1. Granta 19: More Dirt
    2. Nothing Happens in Carmincross by Benedict Kiely
    3. Theft by Rachel Ingalls
    4. The Salzburg Tales by Christina Stead
    5. The March of Militant by Michael Crick
    6. Labouring Men: Studies in the History of Labour by E.J. Hobsbawm
    The New Statesman, September 19, 1986, p. 31
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    Word-hoards (6 Reviews)
    Conversations with Kafka, by Gustav Janouch
    1. Conversations with Kafka by Gustav Janouch
    2. The Notebooks of Malte Laurids Brigge by Rainer Maria Rilke
    3. Act of Darkness by Francis King
    4. The Daysman by Stanley Middleton
    5. Another Life and the House on the Embankment by Yuri Trifonov
    6. On Being the Right Size, and Other Essays by J.B.S. Haldane
    The New Statesman, March 15, 1985, p. 31
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