Posts under ‘Books’

Autumn books: beyond the froth

by Mark Perryman.

Mark Perryman of Philosophy Football picks out the best of the autumn sports books I’m sorry but you won’t find here the just-in-time-for Christmas sports autobiography blockbusters. With just enough manufactured controversy to ensure blanket coverage when they are launched. Even a skim read will reveal that on the contrary they tell the reader very […]

Russell Brand, Narcissist and Comrade?

by Phil Burton-Cartledge.

I’ve always had a soft spot for Russell Brand. Like many recovering Big Brother fans, I first encountered him on E4’s E-Forum, a side programme to Big Brother’s Little Brother, which in turn was an adjunct to the main event. But there was something about Brand that made him stand out even in those days. […]

The Establishment and How They Get Away With It – live webcast at 6:30pm

by Owen Jones.

A live webcast from the LSE featuring Owen Jones talking about The Establishment and How They Get Away With It will take place here at 6:30pm today.  Visit this page shortly before the advertised start time and click on the play button to begin watching the webcast. If the webcast does not begin at the allotted time, […]

Autumn books: a breath of fresh air

by Mark Perryman.

Mark Perryman reviews an exceptionally strong list of autumn political reading This autumn has been dominated already by two lots of morbid symptoms. The unseemly sight of Labour Unionism cosying up to the Tories, Lib-Dems, the financial and media establishment in defence of the ancien regime. Accompanied by UKiP’s spectacular and seemingly irresistible rise, now […]

Twenty-two days that changed the world

by Ann Pettifor.

Review of The Summit by Ed Conway, published by Little, Brown, 2014 In this carefully researched book Ed Conway tells a gripping human tale about the July 1944 Bretton Woods Conference – “the biggest battle of the Second World War – fought behind closed doors”. He provides remarkable insights into the personal, geopolitical and intellectual dynamics that […]

We must look back with anger

by Phil Burton-Cartledge.

My home village was built on coal. All the local mines had shut before 1984 and open casting was the name of the game. Up until I left home you could see great mountains of slag and earth crouching on the horizon, the engines and buzzers of diggers echoing across the landscape early every morning. […]

Darcus Howe: setting the record straight

by Conrad Landin.

Four of us stood glued to the television for the best part of five minutes. We were all familiar with Darcus Howe. For my part, I’d seen his gripping TV series on English identity, White Tribe, several years before. This was 2011, and in the wake of riots that the political establishment were struggling to […]

The World Cup of our dreams

by Mark Perryman.

To drag ourselves away from the banalities of the Brazil 2014 TV studio punditariat Mark Perryman provides a World Cup reading list. The professionally cautious Roy Hodgson just couldn’t resist it could he? ‘England can win this World Cup’ he declares on the eve of the tournament. Not if Roy consults the match histories elegantly […]

Books: Our World of Sport

by Mark Perryman.

Mark Perryman reviews the perfect reading companions to the sporting summer Summer 2013. The British and Irish Lions win their test series against the Aussies down under. Andy Murray wins Wimbledon. Chris Froome makes it a second Tour de France British Yellow Jersey in a row. Mo Farah does the double in the 5000m and […]

Blair’s covert party machine and culture of manipulation to be exposed in new book

by Jon Lansman.

Last year a book was published – Power Trip A Decade of Policy, Plots and Spin which promised to reveal “the personal feuds, political plots, and media manipulation which lay at New Labour’s core“. It would be, promised its publishers, “a fascinating, funny, and at times shocking account of how government really works“. At the end […]

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