Saturday 28 June 1997
War Minus the Shooting by Mike Marqusee (Mandarin, pounds 7.99) A political journalist obsessed by cricket, Marqusee provides a sharp-eyed, if po- faced, account of the 1996 cricket World Cup. England's graceless approach was characterised by Atherton's boorish response to a Pakistani reporter: "Somebody remove this buffoon." Though the contest was marred by "vulgar profiteering and ugly zealotry", Marqusee admits to "a kind of post-coital buzz" after the final. However, his hope that "an essential oneness" will emerge among fans is optimistic.
The Cast Iron Shore by Linda Grant (Picador, pounds 6.99) Brought up in provincial comfort by her Jewish furrier father and immaculately-turned-out mother, Sybil Ross has all the makings of an Anita Brookner heroine. But an affair with a bisexual merchant seaman soon puts an end to that. Following her boyfriend to the Big Apple, Sybil says goodbye to post-war Britain and begins life afresh as a Lord and Taylor shop assistant. Particularly good on Fifties New York, Grant's first novel hums with self-assurance and New World optimism.
Living with the Dead by Rock Scully with David Dalton (Abacus, pounds 8.99) Amid the preening verbosity by the road manager of the Grateful Dead, you come across an occasional gem, such as the group's encounter with Dali ("I do not take drugs. I am drugs!") or Jerry Garcia occupying Concorde's solitary lavatory for an entire flight. Constantly getting his zonked employers out of scrapes, Scully gives the odd impression of a Jeeves on heroin. Despite the astonishing clarity of these memoirs by a has-been hanger-on, the overall effect is depressing.
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Arts & Ents blogs
- 1 Richard Dawkins on babies with Down Syndrome: 'Abort it and try again – it would be immoral to bring it into the world'
- 2 ALS ice bucket challenge co-founder Corey Griffin drowns, aged 27
- 3 Kajieme Powell: Missouri police release video footage of second man killed by officers
- 4 Paul Scholes: Manchester United need five experienced players who can turn round a desperate situation
- 5 James Foley 'beheading': Met police warn public watching murder video could be criminal offence
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Scottish independence: English people overwhelmingly want Scotland to stay in the UK
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Scottish Independence Referendum: Salmond described as 'arrogant, ambitious and dishonest' by Scottish women