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June 13, 2012



Another feature of this writer's appeal is his relative frequency of publication, so that a relationship we value - the way Londoners did with the serialised Dickens, say - allows still-familiar texts to participate in an active comparison with the new one.


I should let it pass without comment and I love Toibin, but this business of fobbing off previously published book reviews as "Essays" is more than a little disingenuous.

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