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Ann Skea

Ann Skea reviews 'A Hack’s Progress' by Phillip Knightley

February–March 1998, no. 198 01 February 1998
Hack: A common drudge; especially a literary drudge; hence a poor writer, a mere scribbler.Hack: A half-breed horse with more bone and substance than a thoroughbred.Hack (as a verb): To make rough cuts, to deal cutting blows. Phillip Knightley prefaces his book with these definitions, so which does he want to identify himself with? Surely not the first. A mere scribbler he may have been early ... (read more)