Dalrymple’s first published piece

For years the Spectator magazine’s pre-Internet content was not available electronically, but we recently noticed that it now is. And so we are able to provide this link to the very first published item of Dalrymple’s career, A Bit of a Myth. (Though we should really say it’s the first published item of Anthony Daniels’s career, as he had not yet begun using the Dalrymple pseudonym). It adheres to the primary theme of his early writing: opposition to colonialism.

Former Spectator editor Charles Moore once said that Daniels was the only author he has ever chosen to publish on the basis of unsolicited articles, and this piece would seem to have been the unsolicited one that launched his writing career.

Be advised that the piece is poorly formatted and punctuated, seemingly the result of an automated mass upload process.

2 thoughts on “Dalrymple’s first published piece

  1. Ben Yorke Barber

    It has all the classic hallmarks of his style from the beginning then.
    And it’s wonderful to know that there must be a trove of more to come.
    August 1983 was memorable to me also as the first month of my work as an NHS doctor.
    And I remember my delight, laughter and something akin to relief
    when I first discovered his writing,many years later.
    No one else has described the awfulness of NHS management as well.
    I only retired when their interference became truly inescapable .
    Still, I honestly think I must hold the record
    for the largest number of unopened NHS emails in the Kingdom;
    Possibly my greatest personal achievement.

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