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Hotel California, by Barney Hoskyns, HarperCollins, €21.90.

3rd December, 2005

Hotel California, by Barney Hoskyns, HarperCollins, €21.90.

Sometimes it is perfectly possible, even logical, to judge a book by its cover.

Hotel California's artwork is a photo of Jackson Browne, the singer/songwriter whose oeuvre became a byword for self-obsessed smugness, standing in front of a swimming pool in Malibu, looking even more pleased with himself than usual, with a tricycle by his feet. As a visual encapsulation of the book's contents, it could not be...

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