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  • Readers of Berlin's letters will find the same bubbling flow of malice, wit and human insight on the written page

    The Economist
  • A dazzling display of intellectual pyrotechnics

    Vernon Bogdanor, New Statesman
  • As well as being sometimes profoundly wise, these letters are often laugh-out-loud funny

    Brian Lunch, Irish Times
  • They delight in flashing the stiletto, these donnish types, and impossible to conceive would be a college in which no academic grown had a dagger sticking out of the back. It is precisely this kind of malice which constitutes a naughty proportion of the book's appeal

  • Ironic, gossipy, witty, intermittently profound and always intensely human

    Justin Cartwright, Sunday Telegraph, Books of the Year

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