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Jeremy Corbyn’s Slow Marching Band

Younger readers, (and, arguably, those with good musical taste) may not be acquainted with the musical output of Jethro Tull. On an album in the early 80s they featured a … Continue reading

January 8, 2017 · Leave a comment

The Red Riding Quartet

For the last of my seven books in eight days I’m going to cheat. Four books, not one, make up the Red Riding Quartet by David Peace, and are the … Continue reading

December 31, 2016 · Leave a comment

The Guns of Brixton

This list of books I wish I’d written has been a mashup of observations about genre fiction, political writing and philosophy. This recommendation is for a book that’s no better … Continue reading

December 29, 2016 · Leave a comment

Cwmardy

Cwmardy is a classic novel of Welsh life. It’s also a hard read, possibly harder than it needs to be. It’s written in three languages;  English, Wenglish and the self-conscious … Continue reading

December 28, 2016 · Leave a comment

Starsmashers of the galaxy rangers

Some of my contributions to this series of books I wish I had written may seem a little snarky. It may seem as if I’m asserting that always, I could … Continue reading

December 27, 2016 · Leave a comment

The fear of freedom

As an omnivorous reader, whose tastes have always been wider than they have been wise, I have read a large number of forgettable books. The tally of unforgettable books is … Continue reading

December 26, 2016 · Leave a comment

A Young Ladies Patriarchal Primer: The Romantic Lead.

We reach day three of the imaginary correspondence course designed to equip you to challenge patriarchy in the streets, and between the sheets, and it is time to look at … Continue reading

December 26, 2016 · 2 Comments

A Young Ladies Patriarchal Primer: The feminist fallout

You can read day 1 here, if you are late to class, and discover why we all need to learn from Ripley. Now, lets settle down for Day 2. Fallout: … Continue reading

December 25, 2016 · Leave a comment

The Master Press

The second episode in my list of books I wish I had written is a twist in the tale; it’s the first book I tried to write but never finished. … Continue reading

December 25, 2016 · Leave a comment

Raggedy Arsed Philanthropists

This Christmas I’m doing, in seven days, live from the bear cave, seven books I wish I had written. Let’sstart with the Raggedy Arsed / Ragged Trousered Philanthropists, Robert Tressell’s … Continue reading

December 24, 2016 · Leave a comment

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