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Paint Your Town Red referenced in The Guardian

Added on 23/07/2021

Brown and Jones argue that the new mayoralties and combined authorities, “cynically introduced” by the Tories since 2010 as an attempt to devolve the blame for austerity, have inadvertently “proved amenable” to leftwing politicians.

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The Melancholia of Class in the Lit Hub

Added on 15/07/2021

Cynthia Cruz, author of The Melancholia of Class recommends her favourite working class writers, including Didier Eribon, Mark Fisher, Jean Genet, and Clarice Lispector.

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Overtime reviewed in The Ecologist

Added on 15/07/2021

… degrowth and postgrowth advocates argue in favour of economic metrics and objectives that advance alternative modes of living, based on principles of sharing, conviviality, care and the common good.

 

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Bland Fanatics reviewed in The Guardian

Added on 15/07/2021

Mishra excels at calling out intellectual vapidities, what he calls “pseudo-scholarship”. A recap of the history of human rights becomes a scathing catalogue of American military interventions… In a post-truth world, you read Mishra to clear the air, to make sense of our bewildering moment…

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The Piano reviewed in The Scotsman

Added on 14/07/2021

This wide-ranging history of the piano takes in everything from Bach, Haydn and Mozart to the the jazz styles of Joplin, Waller and Tatum

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You’re History featured in The Believer

Added on 13/07/2021

Throughout the collection, Chow’s passion for strangeness, for “the feminine sleaze” as she puts it, blazes through. Just as the women she heralds refuse to prune or polish themselves, she dismisses self-serious titans of lyricism in favor of the ecstatic “ooh” of disco…

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The Melancholia of Class extracted in the Paris Review

Added on 13/07/2021

“Yes,” [Clarice Lispector] writes in The Hour of the Star, “I have no social class, marginalized as I am. Yes, the upper class considers me a weird monster, the middle class worries I might unsettle them, the lower class never comes to me.”

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Mirror of Reality reviewed in the Art Newspaper

Added on 13/07/2021

Filled with a wealth of information and analysis. Due to the author’s engaging writing style, it is also eminently ­readable

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The Invention of Sicily reviewed in The Economist

Added on 10/07/2021

Sicily Beguiles. It offers coves with limpid water; Greek temples… that are among the best preserved in the Mediterranean; a Roman amphitheatre at Taormina… grandiose Baroque palazzi; bustling street markets; some of the best food to be had in Italy…

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C+nto praised in The Telegraph’s best of poetry 2021

Added on 09/07/2021

Vivid … Taylor brings a close-knit community to life … meaty, inventive, powerfully moving work

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Cricketing Lives picked for the Daily Mail’s summer reading

Added on 09/07/2021

In the unlikely event that you won’t find any cricket to watch over the summer, this joyous book should fill a gap. Thomas, a journalism lecturer, concentrates on the game’s rich tapestry of people and anecdotes…

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Wanderers chosen for The Guardian’s best paperbacks for July

Added on 08/07/2021

There have been plenty of books by and about male walkers, exploring the links between creativity and pedestrianism… But as academic and keen rambler Kerri Andrews writes, “the experience of being on foot has frequently meant markedly different things for women” than men.

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