Nicholas Lezard is a literary critic for the Guardian and also writes for the Independent. He writes the Down and Out in London column for the New Statesman.

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05 May 2011
A Saturday afternoon. The kids are mooching about in the Hovel and I am pootling about in the kitchen. It is that null...
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20 April 2011
The lovely weather combines, unfortunately, with the continuing loss of the shower in the Hovel. One can run the shower...
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07 April 2011
And it just gets better. Two days after getting my laptop back from the mysterious Chinese guy who can fix anything - I...
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24 March 2011
I am still fuming, so to speak, with the news that the government intends to ban the display of cigarettes and tobacco...
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17 March 2011
A letter from a Mrs H of Blaenau Ffestiniog. In it, she is very nice about this column, but she cannot abide my...
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10 March 2011
I write this in a precarious state, on a laptop that may conk out any minute. The socket at the back where the power-...
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24 February 2011
To my bed, with the curtains drawn and a cold, damp flannel pressed to my eyes. Fury, I have discovered, brings with it...
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10 February 2011
A visit to the accountant. I like my accountant. She's jolly and good and she finds my extraordinary financial...
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27 January 2011
Berlioz, in his memoirs, tells the story of how he once saw his teacher Luigi Cherubini going through another student's...
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13 January 2011
Well, it wasn't too bad in the end - Christmas, that is. Christmas Eve, that was awful, a stomach bug leaving me too...
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29 December 2010
It will probably come as no surprise to regular readers of this column that it has, to put it mildly, mixed feelings...
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29 December 2010
For the past 12 years my chief New Year resolution, when I have been moved through sentimentality or pressure from...
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15 December 2010
A visit from this magazine's own excellent young writer Laurie Penny, who has come for a natter about what it's like...
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18 November 2010
There are times, composing this column, when I feel like King Midas's barber, the possessor of forbidden knowledge. In...
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04 November 2010
So, the weather turns and the days get shorter and the money gets tighter. Still, it's not quite enough. What could be...

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