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Whispers Under Ground (Rivers of London 3)
Whispers Under Ground (Rivers of London 3)
by Ben Aaronovitch
Edition: Hardcover

10 of 16 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Highly recommended, 18 Jun 2012
Another enjoyable and well-paced read from Ben Aaronovitch (the former bookseller and less famous brother of David and son of the Socialist and autodidact intellectual Sam) with all the usual humour and thaumaturgical reading of London one has come to expect. He is far better than the other writers in his field, e.g. Mike Carey (too dark); Kate Griffin (her books about the Electric Blue Angels are almost completely incomprehnsible) and Jim Butcher. Only Charles Stross or Niel Gaiman's 'Neverwhere' comes close (and there is much of Neverwhere in this novel).

However, there were some elements (carrying over from his previous novels) which feel underdeveloped. Just what did happen during the war at Ettersberg*? And who/ what is the faceless magaician? Some hints, but sadly no answers.

* In real-time history, Ettersberg (Etter Mountain) was the location of Buchenwald concentration camp, home to amongst others as Ilse Koch (the so called Bitch or Witch of Buchenwald, though her methods were taxidermy than thaumaturgy).

Notes on a Century: Reflections of A Middle East Historian
Notes on a Century: Reflections of A Middle East Historian
by Bernard Lewis
Edition: Hardcover
Price: 16.00

6 of 7 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars `The History of a History Man' (after Patrick Collinson) [Edited and expanded], 30 May 2012
[Expanded review uploaded, 31 May 2012. Edited/ Expanded to Add (ETA) sections are marked with square brackets]

Lewis' biography is a book of two halves: on the one hand it is straight biography, with an academic slant in which he describes his life so far and how he helped develop the ground of a new area of academic research - the study of Middle Eastern and Levantine history and politics. [Lewis is the first person to have been have had both the linguistic and historiographic skills to professionalise this area of academic study.] On the other it is a defence of his own views on this subject and [many others and] a series of attacks, both [semi-]veiled and naked, on those with whom he has crossed swords in the past, most notably the late Edward Said [more of whom later].

This latter aspect is both irritating and engaging in equal measure. It is irritating because some of his subjects are now dead (i.e. Edward Said who died in 2010) and are thus no longer around to defend themselves from Lewis' robust defence of his own position. (I must express an interest here in that I am a fan of Edward Said's writing, but not of Lewis, who I find to be too right wing for my tastes.) It is also, however, engaging as it shows how deeply held (and fought over) are the views of academics studying this subject as how important they can be influencing policy making. [I would argue, however, that Lewis spends too much time castigating Said and defending his own position, to the detriment of both himself and Said. For instance Lewis argues that Said's views on Orientalism have become orthodoxy and have thus come to poison the academic waters. However, Lewis never really explains why this is the case, thus making bold statements, backing them up with a couple of well culled quotes, but not providing enough evidence to the reader to weigh-up his assertions. What's more, Lewis treats Said as a straw man, whom he is able to defeat with a mere puff of academic air, which is a shame because if Said's view of Orientalism is so wrong then it needs to be shown to be so, rather than dismissed with the merest of asides. As Said is now dead, he is no longer in a position to defend himself against Lewis, giving Lewis a somewhat hollow victory.]

[It is not just Said that he attacks in this way, he also attacks those who disagree with him over his refusal to recognise the post-Great War massacre of Armenians as Genocide - Lewis' point is that Genocide relates to state sponsored acts of systematic violence and that whereas the Holocaust was a state sponsored and sustained act of violence against Jews in occupied Europe, the attack on Armenians in Turkey was not systematic, state sponsored. In addition to which, whereas the Armenians had separatist inclinations, the same could not be said for the Jewish community who had no inclination to leave their home nations. Whilst Lewis rightly recognises that the term `genocide' has been expanded over the past 20 years he is unwilling to accommodate the acts of violence against Armenians living in Turkey as genocide. In doing so he puts himself against what is rapidly becoming the accepted position, that this was an act of genocide.]

Academic life can [at times] be as vicious, if not more so, than hand-to-hand combat [but all in all, Lewis can, at times, be far too defensive and this is to his detriment [and there are too many sideswipes at people with whom he has disagreed]. Disagreement is a healthy part of academic life [and must be recognised as such], but turning on those with whom we disagree, living and dead, in ones biography can appear to be petulant. A no doubt unintended consequence of reading of Lewis' book is that I will now go back and read Said's `Orientalism' along with Lewis' back catalogue to reacquaint myself with their respective positions and get a better idea of where they diverge.]

In some senses Lewis' can be read as a response to Said's autobiographical essay `Out of Place' in which Said presents himself as the outsider looking in*, in this book Lewis presents himself as the social insider, going deeper into the unknown - though I am not sure he would appreciate this comparison . [It is clear, however, from this book that Lewis has gone from being an Englishman to being an international resident, one who is comfortable not just in his home country, or his adoptive home (America) but also comfortable wherever he lays his hat. This can mean that at times his book (unnecessarily) spells out titles that would otherwise be common parlance, e.g `Times of London' for the British newspaper `The Times' or `The Manchester Guardian' for `The Guardian', neither of which titles are used in Britain. It is therefore probable that Lewis and his editors have their eye too much on the American market, not on the British, a common mistake in modern publishing - my Amazon reviews `passim ad nauseum'.] (Whether Lewis would agree with such a comparison is doubtful, we are the heroes of our own life story and reading this as a response to Said's own work will no doubt be viewed as highly problematic.)

[I would also take issue with Lewis defence of Samuel P Huntingdon's book `The Clash of Civilisations: And the Remaking of World Order'. In some quarters, mainly in right wing American thinking on foreign affairs, the thesis put forward in Huntingdon's book has been taken as being the best way of explaining the dangers facing the West in the post-Cold War era. It also fits in with Lewis' view that inter-communal violence is a natural part of human existence, or as Thomas Hobbes put it `life is nasty, brutish and short.' Not only has Huntingdon's thesis now been superseded by the social-economic thesis that the West is in decline, both economically and socially and that the next hundred years will see the East rise into economic ascendency, but that Hungtingdon's thesis is manifestly wrong in that creates unnatural divisions and turns the Muslim states into international bogey men; it was a thesis very much of the time of its ascendency (the early 2000s, post-September 2001), however, it has now been superseded.]

[Finally Lewis presents the old demographic straw man, beloved of the European Right, that by the end of the twenty-first century Muslims will be in the majority in Europe. Whether this is true or not is open to debate, however, it does come across as demographic scare mongering especially when Muslims have become the `other/ outsider' in many western societies. Whether or not Muslims will become the religious majority in Europe only becomes a problem if you believe that Western Judeo-Christian society has an automatic right of rule in Europe, it also poses a basic question about the humanity of those we see as being the other in our society.]

As my review suggests, this is no dry and dusty tome of academic reminiscences or long rambling tales of High Table and the Senior Common Room, rather it the true history of a history man (to borrow the title of Patrick Collinson's autobiography). It is, in essence, both an exploration of how history is written, how it should be written and how history as an academic subject can influence the world around it, both for good and ill. [Lewis is an academic with whom I profoundly disagree at times, however, he is also engaging in a knock-about sort of way and even if one does not agree with him, he is an engaging and enjoyable writer - even if the engagement is to want to throw the book across the room in sheer frustration at some of his positions.] It is the kind of book that can be read on holiday (or as I did, on the bus on the way into work) without breaking into an intellectual sweet, but which, having read it, one comes away feeling more informed, rather than less.

* Said was a Palestinian Christian, a self-exil from his homeland whereas Lewis is an Englishman now resident in America.
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Nightworld (Repairman Jack Novels)
Nightworld (Repairman Jack Novels)
by F. Paul Wilson
Edition: Hardcover
Price: 13.79

1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars An expanded version of the original, not a true re-write., 30 May 2012
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< This is a review of the revised and expanded version of `Nightworld' published by F. Paul Wilson in 2012, although some of the comments are relevant to the earlier (circa. 1992) version of this novel. >

`Nightworld' is where it all ends. What began with `The Keep' and was continued through a number (one could almost say innumerable) `Repairman Jack' novels is tied up and finished in this novel. In it we say goodbye to a number of favourite characters (both good and bad) and some which should never have been allowed into print. It's a good novel, but a novel of two-halves.

On the plus side this is a fine end to the Adversary Cycle/ Secret History of the World Cycle which has taken up the more recent Repairman Jack novels (inc. the Young Repairman Jack novels). Praise where praise is due, the sheer readability of these novels has kept me returning to F. Paul Wilson year-on-year, as a new novel in the sequence is published.

As in all good horror novels the characters aren't too overdeveloped* (we never get a look into the inner lives of most of them), rather the novel is events driven, yet they have become well known to us over the past few years. It also has Rasalom (aka. The Adversary, Sara Lom, Rafe Losmara, Sal Roma: the possibilities are endless - let the reader understand), perhaps one of the most ridiculously bad baddies in recent years. It is the perfect read for a long journey home. The ideas are also interesting: Chaos/ Gravity Holes, airborne Leviathans, creates from the chaos realms etc. There is also Wilson's ability to understand and write about society on the edge, of what humanity might be like were the rules of society suddenly to disappear, though one cannot help but think that this has more to do with his right wing political philosophy (Libertarianism) than it is necessarily to do with his creative spark.

On the negative side: What F. Paul Wilson has never done well and which hasn't been improved in the rewrite is the twee nature of Jeffy and the Gia/ Vicky relationship. In what should be the darkest of horror novels, charting the end of civilisation as we know it, these two bring light and insufferable childish niceness so that when they appear, my heart immediately sinks. Whilst the latter is (unfortunately) integral to the plot, I do wish the former had remained a thought in Wilson's head or had been edited out at an earlier stage in the cycle.

There is also the problem of the constant and often near indecipherable Americanisms which litter the text - yes Wilson is an American author, but American authors seem to get stuck on Americanism which makes their novels appear provincial to those who live on the other side of the Atlantic and thus who don't share their product driven society. I appreciate that Wilson is an American author, but at times it seems that the novel is being used one longer commercial break, so constant is the product placement. (I don't care what brand of "beer" Jack drinks, or that he uses a Glock as opposed to a H&K or a Smith and Wesson; such information is superfluous and detracts from the text. English, even American English, is a versatile language, it does not need to limited to popular brand names.) The use of Yiddish idioms by Abe Grossman is, however, more understandable, it fits within his character framework, rather like a Englishman in foreign climes this tendency has become more and more pronounced as the novels progress. What it does mean though, is that if someone does not understand the American/ New Yorker idiom, it can be very difficult to understand exactly what it being said.

Finally, too much time has been wasted finding places for earlier characters from the Repairman Jack/ Adversary cycle, characters whose presence add little/ nothing to the text other than to have a walk-on part, these characters seem to have been included merely to remind us of his earlier work (and perhaps to encourage us to re-read them). One has to wonder if it is an attempt to get us to go back and read his back catalogue, in a similar way to that of `Repairman Jack: By the Sword' was an attempt to re-launch his earlier novel `Black Wind'.

Does the world need a new and expanded version of `Nightworld'? Yes and no. YES, because it updates the novel to bring it into line with the recent Repairman Jack/ Secret History of the World corpus. This series of novels have taken the story well beyond the scope of the 1992: there are new characters, Rasalom has been explored and expanded as the role of Jack. It also reassigns parts of the story to other (newer) characters, whilst others find themselves pretty much written out of the text.

NO, because the novel does not go far enough in some ways. It is too much an expansion of the 1992 novel, it retains too much of the original and it doesn't extend the novel so much as expand it - all that takes place, takes place within the scope of the original novel. One can't help but think that if Wilson had taken the opportunity to rethink and rewrite the novel a much better novel would have emerged from this process. What we get is a larger (sometimes bloated) version of the original - Abe Grossman would no doubt be proud!

In spite of my criticisms on style Wilson remains one of my favourite writers, one to whom I can return again and again.

Coda: Naturally you are not going to begin reading F. Paul Wilson's work with this novel. If you are new to it (and this review hasn't put you off) then start with `The Keep' and go from there, you won't be disappointed.

* 'Dracula' is perhaps one of the most famous and most read horror novels in history, yet in terms of literature it is very badly written, with little or no character development, yet it remains one of the most important and most read books in its genre.

Julian of Norwich
Julian of Norwich
by Amy Johnson Frykholm
Edition: Hardcover

1.0 out of 5 stars Neither Biography of History, more historical novel, 29 May 2012
This review is from: Julian of Norwich (Hardcover)
We know very little about (Mother) Julian of Norwich, even her name is a mystery to us (she is named `Julian' because she was an anchorite attached to the Church of S. Julian in Norwich) - a point made by the author at the very beginning of this book. However, what Frykholm attempts to do in her book is to create a (highly speculative) biography of Julian - to cast some light on her and the period in which she lived.

Unfortunately this really isn't very good biography or social history of the late-medieval period, though it attempts to draw in elements of both. Too much of the life of Julian is necessarily guesswork, this means that along with the way that the book is written that it reads much more like a historical novel than a true exercise in biography, spiritual or otherwise. One gets only the tiniest sense of the period she was living in, or of late-medieval Norwich, rather there is too much speculation of what Julian's life might have been like, too much focus on what the social life might have been like and not enough exploration of what we know of Norwich, its environs and the Church during this period.

Neither is it a particularly helpful overview of Julian's `Showings', that is the visions she received during the near fatal illness which preceded her entering the anchorage. There are elements of them during the earlier parts of the book, showing how the language and idioms she used are linked to the daily life of Norwich spinster* living with her family.

This will no doubt be a useful book for someone who has little or no knowledge of the period and who wants an introduction to Julian's life and times. However, it will be of little use to anyone who is even vaguely historically or theologically literate and who wants an insight into her life both before and after she entered the anchorage.

* Even this is pure speculation, we have no knowledge of Julian's life prior to her entering her anchorage, this includes whether or not she was married and if that marriage had issue.

Apocalypse Cow
Apocalypse Cow
by Michael Logan
Edition: Hardcover
Price: 12.08

5 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars `28 Days Later' meets `Shawn of the Dead', 21 May 2012
This review is from: Apocalypse Cow (Hardcover)
I am not usually a fan of zombie fiction (I am certainly not a fan of cross-genre zombie fiction, e.g. Pride and Prej' with Zombies). However, this book is one of the funniest I have read in a long while. In essence, had `28 Days Later' and `Shawn of the Dead' gotten together on a drunken one night stand this would their bastard child! (Yet it is not limited to these two movies and draws on other zombie movie tropes.) It is at times hilarious and horrifying - not one for the faint of heart or weak of stomach.

Gruesome and at times very violent it is also compelling, the writer uses that best of horror principles, that less is more. Some of the scenes from the novel are truly horrific (a male character is first assaulted* and then eaten by a raging bull being one of the worst) yet the writing and description is minimal - our minds fill in the gaps left by the author. (Like the film `Psycho' we see the knife descend, we see the blood flowing down the drain, we see the scream - what we do not see is the knife penetrate the flesh, our mind fills in that part for us.)

Yet it is also hilarious. Like `Shawn of the Dead' it takes the zombie genre and urban life and twist it ever so slightly so that it goes from mundane to wry/ amusing. It is, at times, laugh our loud and the humour/ horror are allowed to complement each other.

I cannot recommend this book highly enough.

* Think reverse bestiality.

Underground, Overground: A Passenger's History of the Tube
Underground, Overground: A Passenger's History of the Tube
by Andrew Martin
Edition: Hardcover
Price: 12.67

8 of 11 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Good memoir and cultural reflections, less good as a history, 18 May 2012
Given that Christian Wolmar's book `Subterranean Railway' one has to wonder whether another history of London Underground is necessary, or indeed advisable. Whilst Wolmar's book is not the final word on the history of the Underground system and its development, it is an important and very readable contribution to its history. Its one flaw is that it concentrates on the early development of the railway (up until 1950) and tells us little of its history after then.

Andrew Martin's book is slightly different to Wolmar's, rather than serve as a straight history of the Underground network, it is a history mixed with reflections on culture and Martin's own memoirs - as the title suggests, `a Passengers History of the Tube'. It is certainly more lightweight than Wolmar's book and this is not necessarily as bad thing as it does not get too weighed down with history, or seek to repeat Wolmar's book. However, one does get the sense of retreading old ground with Martin's book - we have been here already with Wolmar. There is little in the history that is truly new, or that changes our understanding of the history of the Underground (no doubt Martin would argue that this is not his intention, but in repeating Wolmar's own work he, like Icarus, flies too close to the sun and consequently is burned).

Moving away from the history element, Martin's biographical vignettes and cultural references do make for more interesting reading and they provide colour to the story - who now remembers that Bank Station was built under the Church of St. Mary Woolnoth and that the sepulchres once located in the crypt formed part of the structure of the station. Sadly these tombs are now hidden from view, but one gets a sense of the interaction between old and new London in the photo he provides. Yet these vignettes do no more than keep the pace of the book moving, they are no game-changers.

Finally Martin, like Wolmar, repeats the mistake of giving by far the lion's share of the book over to the early development of the Underground network and little time to its history, post-1950. Whilst the post-war period was much more steady-as-she-goes/ managed decline that the preceding 120 years, it is a period of growth (the creation of the Victoria Line, the taking over of the Waterloo and City from BR and the Jubilee Line eastern extension), but also a period which saw a managed decline to the network, a decline that is only just being rectified.

Finally, as a previous reviewer has said, the book lacks maps, making it difficult to form a mental picture of the Underground network unless one knows it tolerably well, or one has a tube map to hand. A simple oversight one would have thought, but one which also shows a lack of foresight.

Some might argue that to draw comparisons between Wolmar's book and Martin's book is unfair - Martin acknowledges Wolmar's book in his select bibliography. However, there is a danger in retreading ground so recently covered in a new work. Martin's book is very interesting in its vignettes, memoirs and reflections, but one is left wondering whether we need a new history of the Underground so recently after the first was published.
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The Miners' Bishop: Brooke Fosse Westcott of Durham
The Miners' Bishop: Brooke Fosse Westcott of Durham
by Graham A. Patrick
Edition: Paperback

5.0 out of 5 stars A study of Westcott, not a biography, 15 May 2012
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It must be emphasised from the outset that this is a `study' of the life of Westcott and his work, it is not a biography in the traditional sense of the word: whilst there is the merest of biographical sketches (taking up 17 out of 230 pages of text) most of this book is taken up with essays on aspects of Westcott's life and ministry, e.g.his work with Hort and Lightfoot on the Greek New Testament and what became the Revised Standard Version Bible. The essays themselves are not hagiographical or merely descriptive, but seek to outline Westcott's work and to take a critical overview of this.

As someone who had been hoping for a straight biography of Westcott I was, when I started reading this book, somewhat disappointed - the biographical sketch barely sets out the key facts of Westcott's life and relationships with his fellow scholars. However, parts of his biography are teased out through the lens of the essays reflecting on the various aspects of his life/ work and this is an eminently readable and well written book.

Engaging with Martyn Lloyd-Jones
Engaging with Martyn Lloyd-Jones
by Andrew Atherstone & David Ceri Jones (Eds)
Edition: Paperback
Price: 13.88

4 of 16 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars One for the faithful rather than the theologian or historian or A missed opportunity, 14 May 2012
It is a truism of those in the Reformed tradition, those who have tried to escape from the Pope and from Rome, that the more they have tried to move towards what they see as being a purer form of Church government, they have inevitably set up for themselves petit-Popes, of whom Martyn Lloyd-Jones (or `The Doctor' as some of his disciples call him) was a prime example. A person whose words were near infallible (more so than any Pope could ever hope to achieve) and whose word was the final word in any debate. If the Anglicans had shaken off the Pope and set up one in every Parish in the land, then the Protestants have done likewise in their Pulpits, the Triple Tiara being replaced with the Geneva Gown. Somewhat amusing from an ecclesial community so proud of its anti-Catholic roots.

Lloyd-Jones remains one of the most important thinkers in mid-late twentieth conservative evangelicalism (a big fish in a tiny pond) and to his disciples/ followers, he is in terms of the wider theological world, his impact is unnoticeable when placed against the impact of say Rowan Williams, Hans Kung, Karl Barth etc. unless one remembers the little local difficulty with regards to his a call at the 1966 National Assembly of Evangelicals for all clergy of evangelical conviction to leave denominations that contained both liberal and evangelical congregations to form a `pure' ecclesial community of the "pure" and "faithful". Unfortunately this book entirely misses the point of how unimportant Lloyd-Jones was in the wider theological scene, as much as it fails to offer a critical-analytical overview of his life and work, preferring to use descriptive-analysis model. It will therefore be of little use to those, other than specialists or followers of Lloyd-Jones, many of whom will no doubt find much to chew over and complain about.

Perhaps the best chapter is the first one, exploring Lloyd-Jones' biographers and his disciples reactions to them - it is this that perhaps gives the best perspective on how unimportant and unremarked upon his own theology and theological method is outside of the close-knit circles of conservative evangelicalism. By far the best biography (and the one which takes the most critical line) is that by John Brencher - `Martyn Lloyd-Jones and Twentieth-century Evangelicalism, 1899-1981' (Studies in Evangelical History and Thought). The others are (apparently) subject to their own problems, as are the biographies of other conservative evangelical thinkers which do not present an image of Lloyd-Jones which meets the approval of those of his followers (e.g. Alister McGrath's biography of J.I. Packer which deals with Packer's response to the calling-out of conservative evangelicals by Lloyd-Jones).

This book will be of interest to some, and will no doubt annoy others for whom it sullies their pure/ high view of Lloyd-Jones and his teachings. It is not the book that is needed however, where is it provides descriptive analysis, what is needed is critical analysis, analysis that seeks to look at Lloyd-Jones' theology, its impact and to ask honest questions about its strengths and its weaknesses. Merely to describe without analysing what happened (esp. on his 1966 call) and without looking at its longer-term impact means that a vital opportunity has been lost. An approach like that of Brencher or that taken by Alister Chapman in his critical-analytical biography of Stott (`Godly Ambition: John Stott and the Evangelical Movement') would have served the theologian and historian much better.

A Brief Guide to Star Trek
A Brief Guide to Star Trek
by Brian J. Robb
Edition: Paperback
Price: 6.11

1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A good introduction, 8 May 2012
An interesting read, with just enough detail and gossip to keep the pace up. (Good for a Star Trek amateur like me, who has seen some of the series and most of the films, but who knows nothing of the history.) The would serve as a good jumping-off point for those interested in the history of the Star Trek franchise and leaves one wanting to both revisit the various Star Trek series and films, but also to find out more about the franchise as a whole. I would imagine, however, that it is not for the avid or well read Trekkie.

The Second Sexism: Discrimination Against Men and Boys (Blackwell Public Philosophy)
The Second Sexism: Discrimination Against Men and Boys (Blackwell Public Philosophy)
by David Benatar
Edition: Paperback
Price: 18.42

18 of 20 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A game-changer that challenges perceptions of discrimination, 8 May 2012
The Second Sexism introduces and deals with the problem of anti-male sexism, a sexism he argues, that is as prevalent and as damaging as anti-female sexism. This second sexism, he argues, lies at the heart of most human cultures and means that whilst women have been able to take advantage of the development of female emancipation and feminism, men have consistently been discriminated against, a discrimination which has so far gone unacknowledged. (This discrimination anti-male includes, but is not confined to: the sometimes enforced militarisation of the male, whereas women are far less likely to be subject to conscription; the anti-male bias in Family Law; the fact that the vast majority of those incarcerated are male and the view that women are often treated more leniently than men by the courts system.) This discrimination, it is argued has profound implications for equality as an ethical principle and for the enaction of policies promoting female equality.

This is a highly interesting and relevant book, dealing with an unacknowledged problem within society; it therefore asks important questions about what we mean by equality and what limits are we willing to place on equality. Importantly it questions the philosophical principle held by some that those perceived as being powerful (in this instance males) cannot be discriminated - it will therefore come as a challenge to some, more radical feminists. This is not, however, an anti-feminist or anti-female book, neither is it a manifesto for groups like `Fathers for Justice' whose methods of protest and ethos are somewhat questionable.

It is not, however, an easy read; being both evidence based it does tend to repeat itself at times, but it also deals with the philosophy of anti-male discrimination. It will also be an uncomfortable read for those who hold the view that men (as the powerful) cannot be discriminated against or that male-on-female violence nullifies the arguments put forward in this book (interestingly one of the key arguments is that female-on-male violence, sexual and otherwise, is actually more common that reporting statistics or convictions would suggest, but that the way in which these crimes are approached differs from those when a male is the assailant). The book, does not however make the mistake of falling into polemic or vitriol when putting across its argument.

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