Richard Jones

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Seasons in the Sun: The Battle for Britain, 1974-1&hellip by Dominic Sandbrook
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5.0 out of 5 stars A revelation, 3 Jun 2013
It reads like the best sort of page-turner - a barely believable plot, a fine eye for grim detail and an array of bizarre and sometimes grotesque characters (Marcia Falkender and Jeremy Thorpe to name but two). The chapters devoted to the events in Downing Street, whether under Wilson or Callaghan, are jaw-dropping and Sandbrook's ability to mix high and low culture is, as always, highly revealing, all making for a compelling and very enjoyable read.
Coming Up for Air (Penguin Modern Classics) by George Orwell
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5.0 out of 5 stars The Precursor of 1984, 13 Dec 2012
A wonderful evocation of an earlier Edwardian childhood which raises ideas of the role of memory and perspective. Orwell's work, published in 1939, provides a first person account of a middle aged mans preoccupation with the village of his childhood, his uneventful and loveless life and the prospect of war where the tyranny of the rubber truncheon will win. The shadow of 1984 hangs over the book.

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