Opinion Kevin Myers

Sunday 3 May 2015

Kevin Myers: State support only lends madness to libraries 

Forty years ago this summer, one of the most influential novels of the 20th century -- and to my mind one of the greatest -- was published: Frederick Forsyth's 'Day of the Jackal'. It was sensational. It managed to dovetail a mastery of technical detail with a thrilling and complex plot: we learnt how to foil an assassination as meticulously as we learnt how to make a sniper's rifle that could be dismantled and then reassembled into a metal crutch.

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