Reviewed in the LRB, volume 41 number 19, 10 October 2019

Books reviewed in volume 41 number 19 of The London Review of Books (10 October 2019).

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Fat: A Cultural History of the Stuff of Life

Christopher E. Forth

Rosemary Hill writes:

My friend Katy used to be fat: not medically obese, but what our mothers would have called ‘pleasantly plump’ with a wink and a remark to the effect that ‘men like ...


For the Record

David Cameron

David Runciman writes:

Are you a team player or are you a wanker? In a world that divides between the people who divide it in two and those who don’t, Cameron is squarely in the former camp. ...


The Lives of Lucian Freud: YOUTH 1922 – 1968

William Feaver

Colm Tóibín writes:

Lucian Freud’s mother, Lucie, brought her three sons from Berlin to London in September 1933 when Lucian was almost 11. She was soon followed by her husband, Ernst, an ...