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Big Jim - still capableof causing trouble . . .

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Publisher Chatto & Windus withdrew the controversial biography of the late Sir James Stirling this week - before it had even reached the shops. Big Jim, by Mark Girouard, has attracted newspaper attention because of its supposed accounts of Stirling's colourful sex life. The book is said to have caused a rift between the author and Lady Stirling, and sent frissons through the North London architectural community.

Chatto told aj this week that the book's withdrawal, even though national newspapers have been given review copies, was the result of 'technical errors' in the sequencing of notes and text. Some observers suspect behind- the-scenes pressure to get the book quietly ditched. Girouard told aj this week that the book, despite what newspapers have said, does not portray Stirling as a 'serial adulterer' at all.

Austin-Smith:Lord and Robinson Keefe Devane have been commissioned to design a £13 million college building on a triangular site in Dublin. The six-storey building, with long atrium and galleries at each level, is for Trinity College Dublin. Work on the 13,000m2 building will start later this year and is due to finish in 2001.

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