It can be quite refreshing, reading a review of a book written years after the book itself came out–the Babu is reminded that the culture of the instant review does us no favours. Tim Walker looks at Sir Vidia’s Shadow from a refreshingly different perspective: “To me, there can be something vaguely pornographic about digging into the private life of writers; indeed, I think there is often something auto-pornographic or masturbatory about writers writing about writers.”