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Below The Breadline: Living on the Minimum Wage
Below The Breadline: Living on the Minimum Wage
by Fran Abrams
Edition: Paperback

5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Moving but predictable, 13 Feb. 2003
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Whilst her account was interesting and her portrayal of the people she met along her journey was moving, I didn't think she unearthed anything particularly new.
The chapter that dealt with her time in the old peoples' home in Aberdeen was very interesting, but more for the telling practices of the home, than the low wage culture she encountered.
Hardly a ground breaking book, but an interesting little read nonetheless.


Down and Out in Paris and London (Essential Penguin)
Down and Out in Paris and London (Essential Penguin)
by George Orwell
Edition: Paperback

4 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent, 3 Jan. 2003
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Most of Orwell's books deal with many of the major issues of the 1930-1940s. Poverty is something he's written extensively about, and this book is one of his best. The characters he met are fantastic, and this descriptions of the French kitchen are a joy to read.


Who Do We Think We Are?: Imagining the New Britain
Who Do We Think We Are?: Imagining the New Britain
by Yasmin Alibhai-Brown
Edition: Paperback

2 of 5 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Interesting, 19 Dec. 2002
A very interesting book with some very thought provoking arguments and analysis. I'm not convinced, however, that the constant attention to the level of black and Asian penetration into every sphere of society is necessary. There are many groups of people who do not represent 7-8% of FTSE 100 company directors etc.
Nevertheless, it was an good book read.


The Blue Book on Health: Conservative Visions for Health Policy (Blue Books)
The Blue Book on Health: Conservative Visions for Health Policy (Blue Books)
by Edward Vaizey
Edition: Hardcover
Price: £10.00

1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent, 2 April 2002
Very good book, second in a series of books edited by Edward Vaizey. First chapter sets the pace by acknowledging the extent of the Tory problem in health policy. Calls for more honesty and realism in its discussion. All the authors offer something to think about.


Powell and the 1970 Election (Paperfronts)
Powell and the 1970 Election (Paperfronts)
by John C. Wood
Edition: Paperback

1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Helps to put 1970 election in context, 20 Feb. 2002
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I was somewhat surprised when I got this book to discover that it was printed in 1970, and I was it's first owner. The book records the views of Enoch Powell's correspondents at the time, and the five major speaches he gave in the week prior to the election. His influence is reported to have swung the election for the Tories. Whether you agree with him or not, it's puts the election in a greater context.


A Blue Tomorrow: New Visions from Modern Conservatives
A Blue Tomorrow: New Visions from Modern Conservatives
by Nicholas Boles
Edition: Paperback

7 of 12 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Refreshing, 21 Jan. 2002
This book is quite interesting, as it was written by a significant number of authors. Whether their views are necessarily representative of younger people as a whole is questionable. However, the issues they raised must be noted by senior members of the Conservative Party. One writer commented that before Tories can promote new policies, they should look at ways in which the reputation of politics in general can be improved. More honesty is something most people would welcome, and this means coming clean, and saying that, much of what the Labour Party has done, has been good. Tories should target their criticisms at policies that really matter to the general populous.
If you're interested in a Conservative Party revival, you should read this book.


The HarperCollins Concise Guide to World Religions: The A-Z Encyclopedia of All the Major Religious Traditions
The HarperCollins Concise Guide to World Religions: The A-Z Encyclopedia of All the Major Religious Traditions
by Mircea Eliade
Edition: Paperback
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5 of 11 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Difficult, 7 Dec. 2001
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This book was a bit of a disappointment. It didn't cover any of the day-to-day practices of various religions. Very academic and historical descriptions, but not very enlightening.


Honest Opportunism: Rise of the Career Politician
Honest Opportunism: Rise of the Career Politician
by Peter Riddell
Edition: Paperback

2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars A unique insight, 29 Oct. 2001
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This book will of most interest of those who have been activelly involved in party politics at some time or another. Riddell describes the many ways in which young men in particular climb the greasy latter, before becomming an Member of Parliament. He compares the processes in each of the main political parties, and highlighs the contrast between Labour and the Tories. It's a bit out-of-date now, as it was written prior to 1997 and New Labour, but it very much focuses on that theme.


Orwell's England: The Road to Wigan Pier in the Context of Essays, Reviews, Letters and Poems (Penguin Modern Classics)
Orwell's England: The Road to Wigan Pier in the Context of Essays, Reviews, Letters and Poems (Penguin Modern Classics)
by George Orwell
Edition: Paperback
Price: £18.99

23 of 24 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars An eye-opener, 29 Oct. 2001
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I wasn't quite sure what to expect when I bought this book. The first part of the book includes the "Road to Wigan Pier", which is excellent. A very graphic description of the poverty endured by people in the north of England during the 1930s. The second half looks at the English national character, and is equally description. Having read Paxman's "The English", I found that Orwell's observations are much more enlightening and true. The attributes may have been observed 70 years ago, but many are still accurate today.
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Friends, Voters, Countrymen
Friends, Voters, Countrymen
by Boris Johnson
Edition: Hardcover

35 of 40 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Very entertaining, 29 Oct. 2001
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Most people think of Boris Johnson as being a rather wacky kind of figure, often coming across as being rather aloof on TV. However, when you read his articles in the Telegraph, it is obvious that the man speaks a lot of sense. His book is humorous and serious at the same time. His political arguments for the NHS and education are sound, and his excellent description of the campaigning process is wonderful. His self deprecating style adds immensely to the book.


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