Vol. 42 No. 13 · 2 July 2020

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Ferdinand Mount

Superman Falls to Earth


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James Romm

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Michael Wood

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Weather by Jenny Offill. Granta, 207 pp., £12.99, February, 978 1 78378 476 9

Michael Dobson

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The Definitive Jacques Tati edited by Alison Castle. Taschen, 1136 pp., £185, June, 978 3 8365 7711 3

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Consider the Hare

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