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 A Classless Society: Britain in the 1990s
  • Author: Alwyn W Turner
  • Publisher: Aurum Press
  • ISBN-10: 1781310688
  • ISBN-13: 978-1781310687

A hierarchy nevertheless

Despite attempts by the centre-left to rebrand British values towards those held by what would eventually be described as the metropolitan elite, part of Britain yearned for old certainties, while a number of men relished the clear-cut masculinity displayed in nostalgia for the Second World War, and novels about the SAS (one wonders if that was true for some women, too).

Monday, December 30, 2013

 Time's Anvil: England, Archaeology and the Imagination
  • Author: Richard Morris
  • Publisher: Phoenix
  • ISBN-10: 1780222440
  • ISBN-13: 978-1780222448

An archaeology book to change your life

It takes courage to ask different questions, or accept that evidence may lead us into new paths and new ways of thinking. Time’s Anvil is a book that offers important insights into the processes that have shaped the history of England, and the processes that shape our own approach to the past.

BooksIntellectuals & the Public
Monday, December 30, 2013

 Unapologetic: Why, despite everything, Christianity can still make surprising emotional sense
  • Author: Francis Spufford
  • Publisher: Faber and Faber
  • ISBN-10: 0571225225
  • ISBN-13: 978-0571225224

Something far less cautious than justice

Unapologetic contains a fascinating précis of the story of that Hamlet-like figure Christ, and perhaps a less interesting apologia concerning the conservative politics of the Christian church, but it is Spufford’s examination of mercy that is key, since it opens up the philosophical area relating to truth, human values, and our sense of the infinite.

BooksReligion and Humanism
Saturday, December 28, 2013

 As Seen in BLITZ: Fashioning '80s Style
  • Author: Iain R Webb
  • Publisher: ACC Editions
  • ISBN-10: 1851497234
  • ISBN-13: 978-1851497232

Flamboyance and hard work

One thing, probably not intended by Webb, stands out from examining what’s on offer: the way in which fashion had, by the eighties, succumbed to what some might see as Modernism’s two defining principles; ‘sod the public’, and ‘will this go down well with my peers?’.

Saturday, December 21, 2013

 Not Just Beer And Bingo! A Social History Of Working Men's Clubs
  • Author: Ruth Cherrington
  • Publisher: AuthorHouse
  • ISBN-10: 1477231846
  • ISBN-13: 978-1477231845

Clubbed out

Cherrington cites a late 19th century Lord Rosebery, CIU president at the time, declaring in a perennial debate about licensing, that working men are ‘not to be patronised, and fostered, and dandled.’ Their clubs must ‘be free from all vexatious, infantile restrictions on the consumption of intoxicating drinks and similar matters’. ‘All that is to be done for the working men is to be done by themselves’, insisted Rosebery.

Saturday, November 09, 2013