R. A. Langham

"Rob Langham"
(REAL NAME)
 
Helpful votes received on reviews: 78% (94 of 121)
Location: London, UK
 

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Sport Italia: The Italian Love Affair with Sport by Simon Martin
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5.0 out of 5 stars Sumptuous, 2 Nov 2012
If anyone had any doubt about sport's ability to warp society, Simon Martin's sumptuous Sport Italia will leave them without arguments. A nation, remember, only since 1861; Italy has survived its first one and a half centuries by following the path described in Benedict Anderson's influential book, Imagined Communities - and sport has played an integral part in that.

Witness the birth of the Giro d'Italia cycle race, launched by a newspaper in La Gazzetta dello Sport that has intervened on many occasions to reflect the interests of politicians, businessmen and lobbyists. Witness also the carefully constructed reputation Italy forged for itself as a motoring nation, both on the… Read more
The Blizzard: Issue Four by Jonathan Wilson
The Blizzard: Issue Four by Jonathan Wilson
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Consistent Quality, 3 Aug 2012
A fifth outing for the venerable Blizzard and the quality remains high.

Challenging When Saturday Comes and a rash of superb blogs in the production of considered and intelligent soccer writing, this particular issue's highlights include a marvellous account of the short-lived Athletic Bilbao/Barcelona rivalry of the early eighties from Scott Oliver, Graham Hunter's portrait of Catalan midfield maestro Xavi and an entertaining geopolitical travelogue of the 2012 African Cup of Nations from editor Jonathan Wilson himself.

It was particularly encouraging to see bloggers such as Brian Phillips and Juliet Jacques represented and this refutes the unfounded criticism that… Read more
Estates: An Intimate History by Lynsey Hanley
Estates: An Intimate History by Lynsey Hanley
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
A fascinating trawl through the history of social housing provision in the UK since the construction of the historic Boundary Estate in Bethnal Green in 1893. Hanley's account really comes to life in the book's pivotal chapter, "Slums in the Sky" with shocking tales of corner cutting and well meaning modernism. Erno Goldfinger - rehabilitated in some quarters in recent years - is firmly back in the Naughty Seat although a one bedroom apartment in his Trellick Tower will still set you back over £400,000.

The book is polemical and comes across as more passionate as a result. The Conservative administration of Harold Macmillan is blamed for many of the ills. The book could perhaps… Read more