Fiction

Fiction

Don Quixote is the best book out there on political theory, followed by Hamlet and Macbeth. There is no better way to understand the tragedy and the comedy of the Mexican political system than Hamlet, Macbeth and Don Quixote. They're much better than any column of political analysis.

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Tyneside Shipyards, 1943
Tuesday, 12 January 2016 18:53

Tyneside Story

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They were gathered together in the rehearsal room - actors, directors, backstage workers for an out of the ordinary meeting. Alf Simpson was there, in his 40s now, not leading man material, but he had been with the People's Theatre for ten years or more. He had a moustache -…
2019
K2_PUBLISHED_ON Thursday, 10 December 2015 23:00

Short Story: 2019

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“When did you last eat?” The woman’s voice was kindly yet matter-of-fact. The calm way her eyes rose from the paperwork to meet his suggested the case held no surprises for her. “The day before yesterday.” William Stokes invested the reply with the measured control, all self-pity suppressed, he’d cultivated…
Lizzie Burns, 1865
K2_PUBLISHED_ON Thursday, 10 December 2015 21:46

Book review: Mrs. Engels, by Gavin McCrea

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Gavin McCrea was inspired to write this fictionalised account of Lizzie Burns by the fleeting references to her in Tristram Hunt’s biography of Engels. Obviously, had he read the superior description of the latter’s life by John Green, he would have learnt a little more about her. Nonetheless, the relative lack…
Book review: A Very British Ending, by Edward Wilson
K2_PUBLISHED_ON Thursday, 10 December 2015 19:32

Book review: A Very British Ending, by Edward Wilson

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I confess: I was always going to be personally, professionally and critically supportive of this engaging and intriguing novel. For between all the various British, American and Soviet spies who populate this book, the real hero is……Harold Wilson. I’ve had a soft spot for the maligned (maligned that is by right-wingers and…
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