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Book Sale

This is the blogging equivalent of me standing in the middle of the street dressed as a book and/or holding a big sign with BOOK SALE and an arrow on it. Anyway, I have some books I no longer have the space for…

Bookblogging: The Chaos Walking trilogy by Patrick Ness

It’s been a while since I’ve found a fictional series that’s grabbed me so well I’ve sped through the entirety of it in a short time, but Chaos Walking reawakened that desire in me. I’ve got that feeling where I want to find…

If the BBC’s adapting His Dark Materials, can we have Russell T Davies writing it?

There was good news from the BBC yesterday with an announcement that they’ve commissioned a TV adaptation of Philip Pullman’s His Dark Materials for BBC One. It’s not the first time it’s been adapted to the screen but the film adaptation spluttered at…

Bookblogging: Team of Rivals, by Doris Kearns Goodwin

Having more time to both read and blog right now, I thought I’d start writing about some of the books I’ve been reading. I’m probably not going to go back to the days when I tried to write about everything I’ve read, just…

Ridiculously out-of-date book reviews: The Clegg Coup

My Masters dissertation is on the role and strategy of the Liberal Democrats in the British party system, so as part of that I’ve been looking at various academic and non-academic texts for background information. Today I plunged into Jasper Gerard’s The Clegg…

The 2015 Why Vote books

After discovering that the University library had Biteback’s ‘Why Vote 2015’ books on the shelves, I thought they might be interesting to read to get an idea of the parties’ policies and presentation before the official manifestos come out. This plan was somewhat…

Not Watching This Weekend: Find Me A Writer!

The Pitch: There’s been a lot of complaint that TV mainstream doesn’t have much, if any, programming about books (rather than just being based on them). This show aims to change that by finding Britain’s Next Top Writer in a primetime show. Having…

Citation needed: Jeremy Browne’s ‘Race Plan’

Not being one of the privileged elite of Lib Dem bloggers, I didn’t get a review copy of Jeremy Browne’s Race Plan, so I waited until it turned up in the University library before reviewing it. It was worth waiting for it, as…

The Man In The High Castle on Amazon TV?

I wrote a few years ago about the BBC’s plans to adapt Philip K Dick’s classic novel The Man in the High Castle for TV. As with so many TV projects, it seems that fell through but news has now come out that…

Conrad Russell: An Intelligent Person’s Guide To Liberalism

As those of you who follow me on Twitter will have already seen, I’ve recently re-read Conrad Russell’s An Intelligent Person’s Guide To Liberalism. It was originally published in 1999 as part of a series of ‘Intelligent Person’s Guide To…’, though they now…

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