Notwithstanding the comparative leanness of the output Shadbold was not to be dismissed as a light-weight, a mere hack. He had worked hard reviewing other people's books up hill and down dale, tirelessly displaying himself on the media and elsewhere in every variety of lecture, quiz, panel-game (at the last of which, endowed with an exceedingly reliable memory supported by wide reading, he was unusually proficient), also always prepared to offer views on marginally political subjects for which he was less accredited by instinct. Insofar as the cliché can be without irony, he had become a respected literary voice.
Anthony Powell, Oh how the wheel becomes it!
Contributed by Adam Bohnet