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  • What one takes away from this half-memoir is the self-portrait of an extraordinarily good, wrongly modest man; a distinguished scholar, and one of the finest of current novelists

    John Sutherland, Spectator
  • As a piece of reportage from the third quarter of the English 20th century this is a sociologist’s paradise

  • An outstanding memoir... Lucid and witty

    Irish Times
  • A fascinating and moving read

    Financial Times
  • Quite a Good Time to be Born is a record of success, free of boasting or malice. Anyone with some knowledge of academia or the literary world will find it full of interest

    Allan Massie, Scotsman

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