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  • The psychological damage wrought by the recent war subtly and convincingly underpins this account of three variously unhappy women and three ill-assorted men who may or may not offer them the hope of happiness.

    A Wreath of Roses, by Elizabeth Taylor – review

  • But it wouldn't do you any good because bunds fall into that ill-assorted basket of assets known as "safe havens," and here logic doesn't really apply.

    Are These Havens Really the Safest Places to go?

  • It's an underachieving and ill-assorted team that nevertheless boasts one of the best forward tandems in the game in Sergio Aguero and Diego Forlan , so it can raise its game on any given day.

    Jose Mourinho's Talents Still In Madrid

  • Piranesi indulged this conceit to repletion in his fantasy rendering of the Appian Way, wherein an enormous, tightly packed heap of garish, ill-assorted temples and palaces stretches to the horizon.

    The Heirloom City

  • After many vicissitudes, the brothers Mann and their ill-assorted wives, Katia and Nelly, ended up in Los Angeles with Aldous Huxley and Bertolt Brecht.

    House of Exile by Evelyn Juers – review

  • It was an ill-assorted gang he had joined: high-spirited youngbloods like Cornelius Cethegus, out for a fight; aging and dissolute noblemen like Marcus Laeca and Autronius Paetus, whose public careers had been frustrated by their private vices; mutinous ex-soldiers led by rabble-rousers like Gaius Manlius, who had been a centurion under Sulla.

    CONSPIRATA

  • He had tried to rule as an absolute monarch presiding over a centralised bureaucracy and suppressing nationalist ambitions (especially those of Hungary) among the ill-assorted races of his unwieldy empire; changing times had forced him into reluctant concessions, but his reactionary nature and passion for the detail of administration, over which he laboured conscientiously, had blinded him to those greater issues which he had neither the vision nor the temperament to understand.

    Watershed

  • The two ill-assorted future allies tentatively shook hands with television thousands watching, and Red Millbrook thought the tingle that ran through him was due only to the excitement of the occasion.

    The Elvis Latte

  • The things people accumulated -- old pictures and pewter, jade and carved ivory and ugly-faced masks and books and tapestries and large yellow sperm-whale teeth scored with scrimshaw, silver platters and spoons and sugar tongs, the incidental and ill-assorted objects that were supposed to have value -- all of it was merely borrowed from the vast store of the world's artifacts and ultimately returned to it, sold, bequeathed, lost, stolen.

    Beard

  • The story is in the tradition of the films Destination Moon and Rocketship X-M, with an ill-assorted crew making an attempt to land on Luna, explore the surface and then return home.

    Cyril Protheroe

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