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Book Review: Kid Gloves by Adam Mars-Jones

Particular, Penguin, £16.99Adam-Mars-Jones

Memoir-writing is enjoying a renaissance. A new approach to the traditional dissection of familial relationships was sparked by the success of Helen Macdonald’s award-winning H is for Hawk. Adam Mars-Jones’s meandering memoir paints an affectionate but slightly dispassionate portrait of his father, a distinguished high court judge.

His father’s career was defined by a series of high profile victories including a case against Bond creator Ian Fleming who was accused of plagiarism, but his battle with dementia proved unwinnable. While some might find it jarring that Adam Mars-Jones places himself…

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