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A fascinating autobiography. Murphy is frank and the reader can make his own judgements about the writer. Particularly gripping if you are interested in the West of Ireland (Aran Islands and Connemara), poets Patrick Kavanagh, Ted Hughes (compare Hughes on meeting Murphy :"He's unexpected - English Public School finish, manners & appearance of a fastidious cleric, but very fresh & very nice" Hughes Letters 2007 p. 184) and Theodore Roethke, Oxford (a bit on CS Lewis as tutor), the damage done by public schools, how to network successfully, frank sexual biography,, poetry reading in the US (James Dickey) the British colonial service and his father following Edward VIII as Governor of Bermuda. Murphy's snobbery about his antecedents makes him spend a lot of space on them but it's overall an interesting tale. Even the later part about returning to Sri Lanka, I found educational and interesting.I was impressed that he included Kavanagh's killer verdict:"Murphy has technique, but that's all, and it's not enough".