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Our book today is Ivy, the mighty Hilary Spurling’s enormous, definitive 1984 biography of the once-lauded and now completely forgotten Ivy Compton-Burnett. I recently re-read a few of Compton-Burnett’s twenty novels and was amazed all over again by their lean, acerbic, utterly original virtuosity. The lunging enthusiasm of that New Statesman reviewer over Pastors and […]


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