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Book: Leopard V: an island of sound Author: ed George Szirtes and Mikl?s Vajda Price: Harvill, ?14.99

The passport, a document about which there is a lot of fuss these days, is younger than powered flight and only just as old as the first mass-produced car. Introduced in Britain by the Asquith government as a temporary measure in 1915, it was a novel means of interfering with human mobility. Before 1915, Britain had not required a passport for departure, nor had any continental European country required one for admission. But emergency regulations stick. By 1934, when Patrick Leigh Fermor was…

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