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Miranda Carter’s Anthony Blunt: His Lives (Pan Publishing, 2002)

by Charlie Finch

Always on the lookout for a hefty summer read, I have just finished reading Anthony Blunt: His Lives, by Miranda Carter (Farrar, Straus and Giroux), a 2001 book which picked up, in hardcover, for $2, at a library sale. Art may be more and more expensive, with bad Chinese contemporary paintings inexplicably commanding millions, but books, whose very existence is threatened by technology, are cheaper than ever, especially the best kind, used books.