rethinking. ‘We’ve hoodwinked ourselves into thinking that be any criteria WE choose to apply, we're the dominant animal. Saying “why should we think twice about destroying a particular species and its habitat" is like saying, “What use is that little old lady with her handbag? Well, her handbag’s handy so why don’t we take that and get rid ol the little old lady?" That’s psychopathic behaviour, but as

occasionally overshadows the confusing plot. Essentially it‘s the .' old tale ofgood versus evil. the latter E "11983, Douglas Allah’s. eleetef 0" this time plaved by the Jeff, a such surreal romps as Hitch Hiker s malignant creature struggling Giler to the Gala“ ehd’ Ute. the against good old Fletcher (whose 3 "meme and EVthiflg . undertook a imp()r[;;ncc was somewhat ? mammoth expedition to discover some undermined by my imagining him as 0' the world’s MOSt endangered Ronnie Barker every time I read the species. The truth. he leufldi W38 mueh name). More than faintly ludicrous. . stranoerthan liction as his latest book, although Barker's use of language ‘A L381 Chance To See. . .' documents.

goes beyond one's expectations of Hopping With quirky annuities and a" a species, W8 are behaving in the genre. engaging naively, it is much more than psychopathic way.‘

Lifestyle is the obsession of New a mere travelogue. As Adams explains: I, Currently working on another Hitch Woman. New Fiction ( Pan £450) to " wanted to Sta" "0'" "‘9 same base as / Hiker novel, Adams feels that his next the extent that it might have been . the reader. When a Wfiterstafts “Last may be inlluenced by the things he has "We hone“ ‘0 issue it i“ l "me ' was up ""3 Limpopm ° " and W“ learnt. ‘It has become.’ he says, ‘much

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lives. all-purpose moans about trying 80010!” and conservation ‘8 9'81":th “"8 in VOW sedan? "00MB. JOhflson extraordinarily complex way. I think

to hold down a high-pressure job. to the converted- Wanted to entertain said “When you're tired of London. that was always lurking in my writing keep your shoulderpads straight and and amuse people. engage them and you’re tired of tile”. When we tire of but has become charged up as a result hm.c a hit on the side. m, [can let them work out the serious stun for this issue we’re seriously tired of tile, or my experiences_' (Susan Mackenzie) cuisine literature and mostly by ihemselves.’ 88 this issue determines What 0|" the is Last Chance to See by Douglas Adams woefullv mediocre writers. Even But surely 860109l6310Ved‘llliS nigh? come to he ""3 with photography by Mark Carwardine Alice Walker's contribution is a Will people to continue to listen? It is our attitude towards lite that is published by Heinemann’ priced laughable piece of sanctimonious Adams Sincerely hopes 80. station Adams believes requires maior £13.99,

prose pushing the idea that olive oil is a panacea for most of life‘s ills. Joint asking us to wonder at the fact

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