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A HITCH IN TIME

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Christopher Hitchens was a star writer wherever he wrote, and the same was true of the London Review of Books, to which he contributed sixty pieces over two decades. Anthologised here for the first time, this selection of his finest LRB reviews, diaries and essays (along with a smattering of ferocious letters) finds Hitchens at his very best.

Familiar bêtes noires – Kennedy, Nixon, Kissinger, Clinton – rub shoulders with lesser-known preoccupations: P.G. Wodehouse, Princess Margaret and, magisterially, Isaiah Berlin. Here is Hitchens on the (first) Gulf War and the ‘Salman Rushdie Acid Test’, on being spanked by Mrs Thatcher in the House of Lords and taking his son to the Oscars, on America’s homegrown Nazis and ‘Acts of Violence in Grosvenor Square’ in 1968.

Edited by the London Review of Books, with an introduction by James Wolcott, this collection recaptures, ten years after his death, ‘a Hitch in time’: barnstorming, cauterising, and ultimately uncontainable.

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‘A could not pen a dull sentence if he tires’. – Guardian.

‘ Arguably the most brilliant, versatile, amusing and original journalist of his time’. – Spectator.

‘He is our intellectual omnivore, exhilarating and infuriating, if not in equal parts at least with equal wit.’ – New York Times.

‘Few writers can match his cerebral pyrotechnics. Fewer still can emulate his punch as an intellectual character assassin. It is hard not to admire the sheer virtuosity of his prose.’ – Financial Times.

 

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Weight 625 g
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9781838956004

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