Archive for Books

The Too Difficult Box: The big issues politicians can’t crack

Charles Clarke's edited collection is an interesting read - as long as you don't expect it to deliver on the book's title.
Pocket Guide to Chicago Architecture

Pocket Guide to Chicago Architecture

13 September 2014 , ,
It's normally a pretty good sign when a book has reached its third edition, and the Pocket Guide to Chicago Architecture is no exception. Though smaller that a normal book, it's still pretty big for a pocket - but worth lugging round as it's packed full of interesting profiles of Chicago's most famous and striking buildings.
Anthony Price - Our Man in Camelot

Our Man in Camelot: quintessential Anthony Price

10 September 2014 ,
Anthony Price's thriller Our Man in Camelot is quintessential Price, as if all his other David Audley novels had been boiled down into one concentrated example.
I've Never Seen Star Wars - Series 1

I’ve Never Seen Star Wars Series 1: great fun but don’t listen to just before eating

8 September 2014 , ,
The idea behind I’ve Never Seen Star Wars is brilliantly simple: get a famous person into a studio to do a series of common things that many people have done, but which they happen to have not done - such as never having seen the film Star Wars.
It Just Occurred To Me by Humphrey Lyttelton

It Just Occurred to Me: The Reminiscences & Thoughts of Chairman Humph

3 September 2014 ,
There is much more about jazz than I'm Sorry I Haven't A Clue in it, yet despite being a great fan of the latter and mostly uninterested in the former (unless it is being performed by one of my nephews) I still found it a fun read.
The Triumph of Politics

Which book most shaped your political views?

2 September 2014 , ,
The Guardian's recent feature, A book that changed me: we want your choices, got me thinking about which book most influenced my political views.

Wide-eyed and legless: Insider the Tour de France – a classic worthy of the name

1 September 2014 , ,
The 1987 Tour de France saw Irishman Stephen Roche triumph, including one of the most memorable scenes in the Tour's history - his dramatic recovery during the stage to La Plagne, followed by his physical collapse after he crossed the finishing line.
In It Together by Matthew D'Ancona - book cover

In It Together: The Inside Story of the Coalition Government

29 August 2014 ,
How much you will enjoy the book depends very much on how much you want to read about the Liberal Democrats or to read political analysis.
Trust Me I'm Lying - book cover

Trust Me, I’m Lying: Confessions of a media manipulator

27 August 2014 , , ,
You certainly shouldn't take as an instruction manual Ryan Holiday's accounts of how he regularly manipulated, bamboozled and fooled bloggers and the media into running false, exaggerated and self-serving stories.
Power Trip - A Decade of Policy, Plots and Spin by Damian McBride

Power Trip: A Decade of Policy, Plots and Spin by Damian McBride

21 August 2014 , , , ,
The newly updated paperback version of Damian McBride's book adds but a little to the original hardback edition.