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  • Jack's eye for precise detail, his curiosity and his luminous intelligence shine through every piece. His is a kind of writing we are lucky to still have around

    Jackie Kay, Scotsman
  • Elegiac rather than nostalgic... At the heart of the book are three magnificent essays

    The Economist
  • Superb

    Alexander Chancellor, Spectator
  • Wonderful... Jack is a superb and diverse writer, with a mind and eyes and a nose for virtually everything... He's smart, proportionate, discerning and (rarest of rarities) decent. To me, this book is indispensable

    Richard Ford, Guardian, Books of the Year
  • Ian Jack's superbly evocative essays are the ideal advertisement for the virtues of print journalism... superbly evocative

    Rachel Cooke, The Observer

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