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Cultured — and combative — criticism from America

Essays by Shirley Hazzard and the late Christopher Hitchens make for outstanding reading — in very different ways

30 January 2016

9:00 AM

30 January 2016

9:00 AM

And Yet... Christopher Hitchens

Atlantic Books, pp.339, £20, ISBN: 9781782394556

We Need Silence to Find Out What We Think Shirley Hazzard

Columbia University Press, pp.240, £20, ISBN: 9780231173261

Four years after his death, it is still faintly surprising to recall that Christopher Hitchens is no longer resident on this Earth — or on any other sphere, if his friend Richard Dawkins is correct. A quote from Dawkins graces the cover of And Yet…, a final gathering together of Hitchens’s essays and the sequel to the bestselling anthology Arguably; he was, notes his ‘fellow horseman’, the ‘finest orator of our time’.

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