Tom Hoolahan

 
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Troyboys by William Barr
Troyboys by William Barr
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Serious wit, 5 Jan 2014
I was keen to read William Barr's latest offering having enjoyed his last book The Carp Club and was not disappointed. Once again he takes on politicians, bankers and big business, wrapping an intelligent and incisive critique with his own idiosyncratic humour and some downright smut - an unusual combination but it works. This time, management theory also gets a thorough debunking and the book is structured as a rewriting of the mythological tales of Homer. Although clearly something of a Greek scholar and with a detailed knowledge of the shortcomings of capitalism, the writing is engaging and the underlying themes are accessible. There is a compelling message of how things might (and… Read more
The Carp Club (or The Election That Never Was) by William Barr
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
I came across this book having had the author's excellent bantheballot website and blog recommended to me. It's a kind of fishy Animal Farm dealing with such well-versed themes as avaricious bankers and self-serving, ineffectual politicians but in an original, engaging and witty way. It's amusing and has an enjoyable storyline but is also pretty hard-hitting and devasting in its critique of the powers that be.

The Carp Club really appealed to me because I, like many others, am feeling utterly depressed about the forthcoming election - Labour have got to go, even if the Conservatives committed themselves to any policies I wouldn't want them in charge and the Lib Dems have failed… Read more

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