In 2008 Christopher Hitchens underwent waterboarding by US special forces: the subject of an essay in his latest collection, Arguably
Arguably by Christopher Hitchens (Atlantic, £30)
Whatever It Is, I Don’t Like It by Howard Jacobson (Bloomsbury, £18.99)
Except When I Write by Arthur Krystal (OUP, £16.99)
Colour Me English by Caryl Phillips (Harvill Secker, £14.99)
Essays come in all shapes and sizes. Professional essayists have, perhaps, only one thing in common. The sort of essayist grand enough to be collected in a volume always, sooner or later, starts going on about his bloody books. Take four new essay…
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