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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Society
08 March 2010
It is time, I have decided, to become more corrupt. Print journalism may be in a terrible state, but I still know quite...
Society
01 March 2010
I sometimes wonder whether public transport in this country is secretly run by the Lord's Day Observance Society. Or...
Society
22 February 2010
Time, I am told, to clear out the books from my study. After about two and a half years, it has been, I concede, long...
Lifestyle
12 February 2010
To A -- 's and E -- 's for dinner. They are great friends of the Woman I Love, so I am mindful of the need to be on my...
Society
08 February 2010
The important thing for that most absurd of creatures, the separated man in his forties, is to contrive as much luxury...
Society
25 January 2010
Being too broke to afford even going to the pub, I am busy wasting some time on Facebook. I suddenly notice that...
14 January 2010
Taking my free copy of the London Evening Standard the other day, I saw from the front page that Allegra Mostyn-Owen,...
07 January 2010
New Year both is, and is not, a difficult time of year for those of us of an unusually feckless disposition. Although...
30 December 2009
Well, it wasn't so bad this year. Christmas, I mean. I have quoted this bon mot of Will Self's in this column before,...
Lifestyle
17 December 2009
It is a chilly evening, the first really cold one of the winter, but the sixth frame of the snooker final between...
Lifestyle
10 December 2009
Illness strikes. I think it is because I have had the jab for swine flu, and I reflect that one of my bitterly...
Lifestyle
03 December 2009
A nasty letter from Her Majesty's Revenue and Customs. By "nasty", I mean pant-shittingly terrifying: a £20-...
Society
26 November 2009
To Leicester. My geographical ignorance is so shocking that I have to go to Google Maps to find out where it is. It...
Society
19 November 2009
The sun is shining as I write, but I have learned not to trust it. As soon as I step outside, it will start raining....
Society
12 November 2009
An invitation to the countryside from C -- , who is actually an ex from my university days but has become a good friend...

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