Category Archives: Politics

Isn’t there something delightful about a Pax Ting?

This thin little book does a good PR job for the Guides. I was astonished and impressed to see that the first Girl Guide World camp was held in Hungary in July/August 1939. With the imminent threat of war there … Continue reading

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What were you doing in 1982?

We have a bundle of local Wilmslow newspapers from the early 1980s.  Many issues are recognisable – the traffic, the management of Lindow Common, local schools. It’s good to see the houses on sale at sensible prices. Animal Rights Activists … Continue reading

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Are there some books you must read before you can consider yourself educated?

I’ll leave that question for syllabus writers to consider but this book could be a contender. If you haven’t read Gulliver’s Travels yet because you know the story from childhood and you suspect that it’s more polemic than pleasure, we … Continue reading

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I hate sexist stereotyping – but here goes…

Today I’ve chosen another book published by a museum. I have a fondness for museum publishing because the books are accessible to the general reader, the quality of reproduction is fabulous and although they are expensive in museum shops they … Continue reading

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Marmite History – You’ll love it or hate it

Andrew Roberts (or whoever writes the text for his own web-site) loves it. Here is an extract taken directly from: “Andrew Roberts brilliantly reveals what made the English-speaking people the preeminent political culture since 1900, and how they have defended … Continue reading

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What on earth is ‘Dry Northern Wit’?

Today’s book is supposed to have it, according to The Independent, whose complimentary review is quoted on the cover of this Manchester Compendium. I live in the North; I have lived in the South, so I should be able to … Continue reading

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Book Collecting is more than a Pastime, it’s a Disease

Edmund and Ruth Frow, authors of this brilliant little pamphlet, were infected by the book collecting bug and spent a lifetime building an archive of works on the history of labour: an archive that forms the core of the ‘Working … Continue reading

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Is this the Debris from the Wall Street crash?

These documents, each equal in size to at least 20 bank notes and printed with the same fine lines and detailed patterning, are no longer worth the hundreds of francs, pounds, roubles or dollars that are so beautifully inscribed upon … Continue reading

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The International Brigade – written anonymously by Don Stayt in 1939 (I think)

This polemical little pamphlet is the anonymous work of a South African journalist. He is driven by the fear that the organisation of the International Brigades for the Spanish civil war would lead to a communist takeover of France, and … Continue reading

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The Strange Case of Victor Grayson by Reg Groves

These extraordinary events took place before the days of Private Eye or serious investigative journalism and no one knows the full truth of what happened. This biography (passionately partial I suspect) of the charismatic MP for Colne Valley was published by Pluto … Continue reading

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