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Helpful votes received on reviews: 73% (22 of 30)
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Top Reviewer Ranking: 2,266,054 - Total Helpful Votes: 22 of 30
Consumed: How Shopping Fed the Class System by Harry Wallop
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
This is a great one for any people watcher. Whether looking at residents of a council estate in Workington or of Barnsbury, Islington, Harry Wallop is persuasive as well as entertaining in excavating the drives and influences of Brits in 2013. Here is someone who, one feels, has his finger squarely on the pulse of our nation.

Wallop's research is broad and deep but handled with a delicate touch. There are some important ideas here but it always feels a light read. I was initially resistant to the seven consumer "classes" he lays out and their fairly daft names. However he builds the case for each of them convincingly and it was not difficult to identify people - sometimes… Read more
Saturday by Ian McEwan
Saturday by Ian McEwan
6 of 12 people found the following review helpful
I loved "Child In Time" and "Enduring Love" as much as almost any novels I've read in the last few years. But this was unsatisfying and rather muddled. McEwan seems suddenly a little insecure about the significance of fiction in the world. He pits words against music - can you evoke a blues tune by naming the notes and the way they're played? Clearly not, so one wonders what made him think to try.. Can you make a 10 page account of brain surgery dramatically interesting with no antagonist in the room and a surgeon who is certain and steadfast? Mmm. It's almost as if McEwan's had a midlife crisis and wonders whether, faced with such a complex and unresolvable political… Read more
Mediated: How the Media Shape Your World by Thomas de Zengotita
15 of 17 people found the following review helpful
Having just finished reading this explosive book, I am about to do something I have never done with any other - immediately start it again. After what is at heart a pessimistic and rather fatalistic vision of our present and future, I feel strangely uplifted and inspired. Maybe it is the feeling that a crucial truth is being unmasked about the direction man, and the West in particular, is heading. The author makes a persuasive case for why people want what they want and why cultural and media organisations respond to us in the way they do. Perhaps it is the rare exhilaration of reading something that feels like agenda-free speech, someone seeking only to find a pattern in it all. Or… Read more