The Lost Girls: Love, War and Literature 1939-51 By D J Taylor Constable £25 Is The Lost Girls a brilliant idea or a terrible idea? On the brilliant-idea side of the account, the list is substantial. Here is a group biography that adds names, faces and flesh to Evelyn Waugh’s characterisation of Virgina Troy in Sword of Honour: ‘seeking nothing, accepting what came and enjoying it without compunction’.
Could you tell us a bit about who George Orwell, born Eric Arthur Blair, was? In some ways, he was a very conventional product of his time. He was born in 1903 into what with characteristic precision he called “the lower-upper-middle classes” of British life. His father was a colonial civil servant who worked in the East. The definition that he gave of himself was that most of his expertise was theoretical.
(Photo by MJ Kim/Getty Images) Groupthink The revolution will be commercialised Shaun Ryder's book of lyrics shows that pop's anarchic spirit has been rendered respectable – and profitable Stuck a piece of crack in a butcher’s hand Remind me to give me my cat back – Happy Mondays, “Do It Better” Over four decades have scampered by since the Rolling Stones – tongues stuck firmly in their collective cheek – wrote a song about being “so respectable” (“Well now we’re respected in society/We don’t...
So very sad to hear of Deborah Orr's death. Knew her more on the page than in real life, but liked her journalism so much, its distinguishing mark the fact that it lingered in the mind to a degree that journalism rarely achieves. RIP.