Newspaper article The Evening Standard (London, England)

Paperbacks of the Week

Newspaper article The Evening Standard (London, England)

Paperbacks of the Week

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The Salmon of Doubt, by Douglas Adams (Pan, pound sterling6.99) IN May 2001, Douglas Adams died of a heart attack in a Californian gym. A year later, his widow and agent published The Salmon of Doubt, a selection of trimmings unearthed from his computer, including the start of a new Dirk Gently novel.

That's the worst thing here, all rough edges and constant reminders that it wasn't meant to be read like this - the rest, a mishmash of articles, interviews and ramblings, is polished and endearing.

Often the most unexpected stuff is the most enjoyable. There's a great letter from Adams to his Hollywood agent asking him to call him and listing an absurd amount of contact numbers - his sisters, neighbours, agents, Sainsbury's - "If you manage not to reach me, I shall know you're trying not to, very very hard indeed."

Best of all is his introduction to PG Wodehouse's unfinished novel Sunset at Blandings - fun enough to cope with the poignancy.

Dominatrix: A Memoir by Mistress Chloe (Review, pound sterling6. …

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