Amanda Craig

Author of A Vicious Circle (London: Hamish Hamilton 1996), 416pp.

uncomplimentary review of A Vicious Circle (1996) by Aisling Foster ( Times Literary Supplement, 13 Dc. 1996, p.23) depicts a vicious satire of London’s literati at play, in which Mary Quinn, Belfast waitress turned reviewer makes her way through a scene of snobbery and racism populated by characters such as Ivo Sponge, literary editor of the Chronicle, and Mark Crawley, and eviscerating journalist; Quinn eventually turns away from reviewing to become executor of Adam Sands, whom she suggests did not die from AIDS; reviewer notes asides on sublime qualities of the Poor, the Irish, and Britain’s neglected beauty-spots but finds the author more at ease dispensing vitriol.

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