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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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“Authentic” – what a word!!

“Authentic”, eh? I wonder how often, in any given year, NYPD officers point guns at Vietnam vet cannibals who have just nibbled off the forearm of a buxom young lady (leaving her conveniently cover-worthy)? The story itself is well-told, if … Continue reading

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Twelve books by the bedside table right now

Attention Conservation Notice: No reviews (yet), just apologies for and analysis of my “taste” Whoops! Why everyone owes everyone and no one can pay By John Lanchester Straw Dogs: thoughts on humans and other animals by John Gray The Memoirs … Continue reading

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