Max Suich, one in a succession of gifted Fairfax editors and executives, has written about James Fairfax: if a word summed him up it was “tolerance”, born of a childhood of parental conflict and a painful adolescence but what emerged were two lives—an adulthood that lived up to his inheritance, taking responsibility for the company; but also a full creative life—a man of taste and leisure and a thousand friendships … these differences perhaps imposed tolerance. However acquired, it was his tolerance that was his gift to the company. Another editor, Michael Davie, saw it as “an unwavering sense of…
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