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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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Radical reading and radical writing: remaking children’s literature
Thursday, 12 May 2016 16:25

Radical reading and radical writing: remaking children’s literature

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Professor Kim Reynolds introduces radical children's literature, and says the time has come when children can become radical writers as well as radical readers.  Many people think of writing for children and young people as little more than a training ground for readers; something you pass through on the way to…
Monday, 09 May 2016 16:20

Short story: Snig

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Snig was always losing things. One day he lost his hat. The next day he lost his umbrella. When he put things down, he forgot where he had put them. When he picked things up, he forgot to put them down. He was very forgetful. Sometimes Snig thought he had…
Book Review: Comrades Come Rally
K2_PUBLISHED_ON Friday, 29 January 2016 10:43

Book Review: Comrades Come Rally

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Ian Birchall reviews Phil Brett's novel, Comrades Come Rally, which imagines the development of a revolutionary situation in Britain. Three centuries ago Voltaire lamented that for every one person who read the philosopher Locke, there were a hundred reading Oriental romances. Voltaire’s response was to write Candide, an adventure story…
Lubetkin's Spa Green
K2_PUBLISHED_ON Wednesday, 27 January 2016 18:51

Keep Calm and Nostalgic

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Ross Bradshaw keeps calm while reviewing Owen Hatherley's latest book of essays on nostalgia. This set of essays starts with the well-known image, in Gill Sans type, with a crown at the top and plain lettering saying KEEP CALM AND CARRY ON. This annoying slogan, Hatherley found, seemed to follow…
Murder, Mavericks and Marxism
K2_PUBLISHED_ON Friday, 22 January 2016 23:33

Murder, Mavericks and Marxism

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Phil Brett looks analyses crime fiction from a socialist perspective. You don’t need to be a professor of English to know that crime fiction is very popular at the moment. Look at the W.H Smith top sellers for 2015 and you’ll find eleven out of the twenty are crime/thriller novels;…
Tyneside Shipyards, 1943
K2_PUBLISHED_ON 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
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…
Book review: A Very British Ending, by Edward Wilson
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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