In recent years, the West has seen a rising tide of populist & anti-political feeling. Figures like Trump & Farage have gained power by distancing themselves from “the establishment” & portraying politics itself as the enemy of the people. And it’s not just them – increasingly, the media & politicians of all stripes hurl the word “ideological” as an insult, tie themselves in knots to avoid mentioning “the working class,” & champion the “depoliticising of key decision-making.”

In this book, Eliane Glaser – one of the early commentators to call attention to this new wave of populism … More

In this unnamed city, to be interesting is dangerous. Middle sister, our protagonist, is busy attempting to keep her mother from discovering her maybe-boyfriend & to keep everyone in the dark about her encounter with Milkman. But when first brother-in-law sniffs out her struggle, & rumours start to swell, middle sister becomes ‘interesting’. The last thing she ever wanted to be. To be interesting is to be noticed & to be noticed is dangerous…

‘The language of Anna Burns’ Milkman is simply marvellous; beginning with the distinctive and consistently realised voice of the funny, resilient, astute, plain-spoken, … More

Crick’s George Orwell is important because this English political scientist is the first writer to have been given unrestricted access to Orwell’s papers as well as unlimited rights of quotation. The result is the best-written and most comprehensive Orwell biography to date — which means it suffers only by comparison with Orwell’s own work.

Animal Farm and Nineteen Eighty-Four were the first books to capture the mass audience he coveted, but it was the … More