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Frederic Raphael settles old scores with a vengeance

The nonagenarian’s critical faculties are as sharp as ever in these imaginary letters addressed to Kingsley Amis, Jonathan Miller, Doris Lessing and many others

8 July 2023

9:00 AM

8 July 2023

9:00 AM

Last Post Frederic Raphael

Carcanet, pp.522, 30

Last Post is a collection of reminiscences, anecdotes and a settling of old scores by Frederic Raphael in the form of imaginary letters to many of the people who have been part of his long life. You might expect a nonagenarian’s critical faculties to have ‘mellowed by the stealing hours of time’, but far from it.

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