Smart work, Little Brown. The Michael Bloch biography of Jeremy Thorpe is out on 18 December. Thorpe co-operated with Bloch on the condition that the book would never appear in Thorpe’s lifetime. It’s been ready for ages, and appeared in the catalogue by mistake 15 years ago. Well, I say mistake. I have a feeling that someone at Little Brown had been tipped off that Thorpe wasn’t long for this world, and having met the cadaverous old spiv myself around that time, I wouldn’t have been at all surprised.