Views & Reviews Between the Lines

Thatcher and Blair

BMJ 2009; 338 doi: https://doi.org/10.1136/bmj.b2122 (Published 27 May 2009) Cite this as: BMJ 2009;338:b2122
  1. Theodore Dalrymple, writer and retired doctor

    For many years the publishing firm of Victor Gollancz issued its books in a distinctive yellow cover. The works of all its authors, from the most famous to the completely unknown, were given more or less the same cover. A few words on the front were all that were used to attract the buyer.

    In 1958 Gollancz published a novel entitled The Graver Tribe (a quotation from the poet, clergyman, and doctor George Crabbe), by Edward Candy. Above the title were the words “A novel about surgeons” and below “Should a person of sound mind have the right to his own life-or-death decisions?”

    Fascination with …

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