A friend was in the Academy Club last week. She met a nice man named Patrick O’Connor who was wildly enthusiastic about the book. Turned out he was reviewing it for the TLS. Then, a couple of days later, he died. I’m sure he was a very nice man and if I’d have known him I’d be mourning his passing, but all the same, an ignoble part of me is just hoping he filed his copy before he died.