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X Marks the Box: How to Make Politics Work for You [Paperback]

Daniel Blythe
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3 Mar 2010
Politics sets the agenda. Climate change, education, crime, housing - these are political issues, but for many, party politics is still a turn-off. Daniel Blythe negotiates the political maze from the citizen's point of view. Why should we vote? What do politicians do and why does it make a difference? Are you a Diehard, a Bloody-Noser or a Tactical? What can your MP do for you? And just why do they avoid answering direct questions? Along the way, we examine the most fun general elections and the under-rated politicians; the sauciest scandals and the bizarre sexiest MP polls; the biggest political victories, the U-turns and betrayals; the issues on the street, the part played by your choice of newspaper and what manifestos really mean; how to make your vote count, how to protest, and why you should care about by-elections.Whether you are disenchanted or a ballot-box regular, an activist or a floating voter, this is a book to amuse, inform and entertain. Irreverent, topical, skeptical and packed with useful facts and trivia, "X Marks The Box" takes you on a journey through apathy to activism - and everything in between.

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  • Paperback: 272 pages
  • Publisher: Icon Books Ltd (3 Mar 2010)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 184831051X
  • ISBN-13: 978-1848310513
  • Product Dimensions: 12.9 x 19.7 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 2,216,652 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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About the Author

Daniel Blythe is a graduate of St John's College, Oxford. He is the author of several other books including the novels The Cut and This is theDay - as well as the acclaimed Encyclopedia of Classic 80s Pop. As well as writing, he leads creative writing workshops for adults, young people and children.

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5.0 out of 5 stars Every voter should buy this book 19 April 2010
This is an absolutely superb book that really engages the reader and excites them about a subject that many would think dry and uninspiring.

Daniel Blythe has a rare gift amongst writers in engaging the reader and holding their interest. He has written a book on politics that is interesting, entertaining, informative, laugh-out-loud enjoyable and a damned fine read from cover to cover. Covering the serious to the absurd, the author explains why politics is so important and why everyone should be involved. It truly is an excellent book.

Read this book and you'll never be apathetic about voting ever again. If only our politicians could be so eloquent.
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