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The long dark teatime of the soul
on 15 February 2007
Ironically the only other book I read over the Christmas holiday was (parts of) a Jeremy Clarkson effort, also a tome which has a thing or two to say about ignorance (see my other reviews...). Now this is a perfect digestive read, ideal for avoiding dismal television and snoring uncles. As I write it's the middle of February, so a long way from Christmas, but pretty much any Sunday afternoon will do. It's full of engaging facts and bits, and the time flies by. Yes the style can be a bit one-dimensional, and it does assume that the reader never quite gets the idea that the book is there to tell you that conventional wisdom is wrong - rather like the "Alan Davies" character off the TV show. It's ultimately insubstantial, but engaging and fun.