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In the Neighbourhood of Brian Fitzpatrick

“The unforgotten Brian Fitzpatrick”, of whom I wrote last month, panache unfaded by half a century under the earth, continues to insist on being remembered. Private recollections of him continue to reach me: only a couple of days ago, one of Australia’s most widely-published authors rang to say how vividly he still recalls the startling vision of Brian, stertorous and asleep in the gutter outside my caller’s house. But this “remembrance” phenomenon seems to enjoy a faculty of renewal: in the “Spectrum” Review of the Sydney Morning Herald of August 1-2, the historian Beverley Kingston reviews Stuart Macintyre’s new book,…

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