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Pay attention at the back there!,
This review is from: The Conservative Party: From Thatcher to Cameron (Paperback)
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Mr Pavelin's review is spot on. I have only a passing interest in the Tory party and its politics, but let the Vine programme tempt me into trying this. I quickly became bogged down in the detail and am currently about 1/3 of the way through. Whether I will ever finish it is another thing.
The author has done his homework, as the extensive notes indicate, and he marshals his wealth of material well, but for the general reader the detail is at times overwhelming; you must concentrate or else next day you will be rereading! Rather than soldier on I have found myself at times flicking to the very good index to take me to the bits I am keen to know about - like, for instance, the disaster that was IDS. And where you have a specific interest I have found the book engaging and sometimes amusing in an understated kind of way.
A glossary of characters would have helped, as would a timeline to keep you in context. But, as one reviewer puts it on the blurb, this one is strictly for 'devotees of modern politics'.
Incidentally, it's a large 'trade' sized paperback, you won't slip it in your pocket - whatever happened to the (perfectly sound) notion that a paperback should be of an easily transportable size? I feel a bit of a cheat only giving it 3 stars - I'm not politically well informed enough to judge the quality of its contents, but as an averagely informed general reader I found it a bit relentless and trying, so . . .