On Monday, 19th September, Prospect hosted a book club with Ferdinand Mount, whose essay collection English Voices: Lives, Landscapes, Laments (Simon and Schuster) was published this summer.
The description “man of letters” has an air of the dilettante about it—but in its truest, most generous sense, it is the right term for Mount. A prolific novelist and classicist, Mount is also a brilliant critic. His most recent piece for Prospect was “It could have been great”—a review of Tom Bower’s biography of Tony Blair. Mount edited the Times Literary Supplement for more than ten…
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