Sunday 5 June 2016

The Lancet editor praises Left Field

From "The Gondola", chapter one in Left Field: “My father's editorship of The Lancet was part of a long series of radical editors which went back to Thomas Wakley, who worked with the social reformer William Cobbett in the 1820s. His predecessor, Sir Theodore (Robbie) Fox, was a Quaker and a pacifist ambulance driver on the Western Front in the First World War. The present editor, Richard Horton, is responsible for reminding the world that the Iraqi war and occupation very likely took in excess of a million lives.” I am delighted to have received these words about my memoir from him, “You write absolutely beautifully. Thank you for your wonderful book.”

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