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2020

Title Author Rating Comments
Fake Law The Secret Barrister

A follow up to the first book, in this case a set of mis-understandings of how the law works. Superbly written - well the author is a barrister, so I would expect this. It makes it clear the UK needs to educate the general population about the law - yet another aspect where the UK is behind more advances societies.

The Entrepreneurial State Mariana Mazzucato

Simply a good book with a clearly description of how the state drives technology and inovation. It is simply untrue that business and enterprise takes the lead in our modern world.

The Case for the New Green Deal Ann Pettifor

An excellent expose of what we need to do.

The Darkening Age: The Christian Destruction of the Classical World Catherine Nixey

Repetetive, but this book shows how horrific the introduction of christianity was on the lives, but more importantly the culture of existing structures. The whole project has proven to be immensely destructive in so many ways.

A Confedarcy of Dunces John Kennedy Toole

A peculiar book. Billy Conolly recommended it. OK, but not a fall-down laugh.

Convenience Store Woman Sayaka Murata

A most enjoyable story about a single woman working as an store lady.

The Second World Wars: How the first Global Conflict was Fought and Won Victor David Hanson

Very dense analysis of the logistics of WWII and how Germany and the Axis were never going to win, they simply didn't have the production capacity. In this view lives seem to be almost irrelevant.

Rise Gina Miller

Interesting with a clear view of what she was attempting to achieve. I find I have sympathy with a British passport holder, an immigrant who took on the task of defending the British constitution.

The AOC Way (Women in Power) Caroline Fredrikson

Though I find AOC's politics very refreshing, this book is too stuck in the "struggle" and how the power of women should be extended, of course it should.

Motherwell: A Girlhood Deborah Orr

I wanted to read this after her death because I really enjoyed the writings I did get to see in spite of not living in the UK at her height. She drags on about her failed relationship to her disfunctional mother in a town destroyed by Thatcher in the 1980s. I have empathy because of my parents who weren't.

25 Years of Irish Life ... Fintan O'Toole

A set of columns from his writing around critical times for Ireland. I don't understand all the issues, well, obviously.

A Wrinkle in Time Madeline L'Engle

A well-recommended book which I found rather less than inspiring. Supposed to be for children - a good introduction to science - Ba Humbug is all I can say.

 
 



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