Posts under ‘Books’

Books: spring into action

by Mark Perryman.

A Hot Summer beckons but perhaps not on the political front? Mark Perryman from finds some books sure to cheer up our inner pessimist. UKIP riding high in the opinion polls, what could be a more dismal sign of the state of opposition outside the Westminster bubble. Whether or not Farage’s party of English poujadists […]

My Struggle? How will they market that in Germany?

by Jack Dunleavy.

What a glorious novel this is! What a revelation! Twenty-first century literature has a saviour! His name is Marcel Proust, or, in the original Norwegian, Karl Ove Knausgaard. The book that has saved us all? My Struggle, or, in the original Norwegian, Min Kamp (one wonders how it’ll be marketed in Germany…) six volumes of […]

For those not in favour of Austerity

by Mark Perryman.

In Budget week Mark Perryman welcomes a new book that demolishes the Austerity myth. When the Con-Dems ushered in the bright shiny new era of coalition politics with a tripling of student tuition fees the wave of anger this provoked seemed to suggest almost anything opposition-wise was possible. Prominent student leader Clare Solomon described the […]

Memories of childhood, poker and “First World healthcare”

by Conrad Landin.

“I have a tendency when reading biographies and autobiographies about elderly or dead people of great accomplishment to want to skip through the early part, especially the childhood.” So wrote Jenny Diski, who now contributes an essay to Meeting the Devil, a collection of short pieces of memoir originally published in the London Review of […]

New year sports resolutions

by Mark Perryman.

Mark Perryman from Philosophy Football offers ten resolutions to spice up how we enjoy the sports we love in 2014 Too much Christmas pud, cake and ale over the seasonal break? Feet up in front of the TV for an indecent chunk of the duration? Sport defined as watching it rather than doing it? The […]

No country is an island, not even Miliband’s Britain

by Phil Burton-Cartledge.

A strange calm has settled over the Labour Party. There are debates over trade union influence, over what needs to be done to retain those poll leads, but when it comes to the question of political economy there is almost unanimity. From the left in the LRC to the right in Progress there is an […]

A bookcase for bibliophile Bolsheviks… and the more moderate too

by Mark Perryman.

MARK PERRYMAN of Philosophy Football rounds up the socialist’s stocking-fillers of choice Cheer up, it could be worse. Well, under this hapless government, probably not, but a bit of seasonal present-giving might at least keep the temptations of miserabilism at bay. 2014 will mark the start of the 1914 centenary hoopla: the centenary to end […]

For those who can’t love Obama

by Jack Dunleavy.

I’m willing to make a bet: five years from now, everyone will be talking about Sergio de la Pava. This is an exaggeration obviously, but anyone who likes The Wire will be talking about him, or Louis Ck, or The Occupy Movement. Anyone who is frustrated by ‘literary’ books which cover serious themes in a […]

In the Belly of the Beast

by Newsdesk.

The 2014 issue of journal Socialist Register is the 50th since the journal was founded by Ralph Miliband – together with John Saville – in 1964. Tomorrow will see a discussion in Parliament, chaired by John McDonnell MP, on the legacy and ongoing relevance of the political project he initiated (see details below) The concern […]

Books for a season of rain and grey skies

by Mark Perryman.

Mark Perryman of Philosophy Football reviews an autumn of sports books. It was three decades ago, in 1983, that Garry Whannel wrote the pioneering book Blowing the Whistle: The Politics of Sport. The book was part of a series ‘Arguments for Socialism’, created by The Socialist Society, an alliance of Left-wing thinkers writers and campaigners, […]

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