Category Archives: book review

Books I just bought (while giving away many many more!)

Having a bit of a clear-out. Long overdue of course. I took a backpack mostly full down to a ‘burb of Manchester where there are lots of charity shops. I surprised myself by coming away only with the following – … Continue reading

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Charity shop goons

Went out for a lovely lunch with the lovely Mrs Towers. Haloumi fish and chips! Charity shop people are getting more and more vicious. As we were innocently walking past they would leap out and force us at gunpoint to … Continue reading

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Book Review: Skios by Michael Frayn

_ –>Hmm, I liked this at the time, but it’s one of those things it doesn’t do to think too much about. Michael Frayn is largely awesome (Noises Off, Copenhagen, the early bureaucracy-gone-mad farce “The Tin Men”). And Skios is … Continue reading

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Awesome essential-reading feminist novel about activism and war; Mud by Nicky Edwards

I have a short list of books about activism that I think are excellent. Non-exhaustively, it includes the following Vida by Marge Piercy Death is Part of the Process by Hilda Bernstein Local Deities by Agnes Bushell (incidentally, her other … Continue reading

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The Drowning Pool by Ross McDonald – bleak bleak bleak

Apologies to all (okay, both) DT readers for the various silences of late.  No real excuses, just having fun with Mrs Towers, commemorating a birthday, laughing at a Jew(ish comedian) and being agog at an Australian batting collapse. I should … Continue reading

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What books should I read??

Hello occasional/regular readers. Help! I have loads of great books on my shelves. Some, it’s true, I will never get around to reading. And I am not going to be buying many more (short of winning the lottery, this is). … Continue reading

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Book clips – “Young Hearts Run Free” by Dave Haslam

Young Hearts Run Free: The Real Story of the 1970s by Dave Haslam This book was quite good fun – well written, breezy. And I feel smarter – or better informed – for having read it. Astounding how much overt … Continue reading

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“Only Connect”: Red Pepper on Syriza, feminism and movements. (But oh, the turgidity.)

There are two pieces in the latest worthy Red Pepper (1) worthy of note (so far – I’ve not finished it). They are both book reviews. “Syriza in Greece has been the most successful in mobilising popular and electoral support … Continue reading

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Guilty pleasures and mending walls (and gratitude diaries)

Just back from a magical weekend with Mrs Towers. I am one of the luckiest men on t’planet, without the inkling of a penumbra of a shadow of a doubt. From the rice and dahl to the deep-fried mars bar … Continue reading

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Flourishing

The book, that is, by Margaret  Maureen Gaffney Bloody brilliant stuff. Proper review to follow in due course…

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