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James Campbell

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Books by this author: NB by J.C.
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  • James Campbell was an editor for many years at the TLS, where he also wrote the paper's NB column. His books include Invisible Country: A Journey through Scotland, Talking at the Gates: A Life of James Baldwin, This Is the Beat Generation, and, most recently, Just Go Down to the Road: A Memoir of Trouble and Travel. He lives in London.
    Praise for James Campbell 'NB by JC collects James Campbell's fearless, gossipy, wise and brutally funny TLS columns in one handy volume, and reminds us what a lark book chat would be again if we all got off social media. It would make an excellent gift.'
    Don Paterson, The Guardian
    'The last unmissable proper diary column left in journalism'
    Simon Jenkins
    'The secret of J.C.'s weekly column is its unique mix of anonymity with intimacy: this "stranger", whom we meet over our morning coffee, is the most discreet and delightful of guides to what's happening – good or mostly bad – in the literary world, with all its pretensions, follies, and occasional triumphs. I especially relished J.C.'s prizes – for the worst prose or the silliest blurb. Then again, leave it to J.C. to find the rare edition, the forgotten book of poems that deserves another look. True wit, coupled with wisdom: it's the rarest of writerly feats.'
    Marjorie Perloff
    'I receive immense pleasure from J.C.'s Times Literary Supplement columns. Something more than pleasure: warmth, laughter, gratitude (especially when he is nailing academic unreadability)...'
    Vivian Gornick
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