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A Rogues’ Gallery, by Peter Lewis - review

24 August 2013

9:00 AM

24 August 2013

9:00 AM

A Rogues’ Gallery: Off-the-record Encounters with Figures of Fame, Folly and Fun, 1950–2000 Peter Lewis

Quartet, pp.298, £25, ISBN: 97800704373174

Like Mel Brooks’s character the Two Thousand-Year-Old Man, Peter Lewis has met everyone of consequence. Though he doesn’t mention being an eyewitness at the Crucifixion, he was told by T.S. Eliot that working in a bank was quite nice (‘I never thought about poetry in the day’). Frankie Howerd wanted Lewis to give him a massage (‘I have this trouble, a hernia, you see.

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