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Book – The Gift of the Gab by David Crystal

Book – The Gift of the Gab by David Crystal

The book I first came across when the author appeared at Birmingham Literature Festival a few years ago finally made it into my home. His talk is so full of good tips on being articulate that I decided there and then that I’ll buy the book later as a business tool. Not that I do […]

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Book: The Dwarfs of Death by Jonathan Coe

Book: The Dwarfs of Death by Jonathan Coe

My first Jonathan Coe book. I know. I bought it as it’s against my law to go be in Edinburgh and not buy a book from Fopp. I actually bought three as an author package, so this is an intro to this long established, local author. (Well, he was bought up in Birmingham, anyway) The […]

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Book – The Bride’s Tail by A.A. Abbott

Book – The Bride’s Tail by A.A. Abbott

In this, the first of A.A. Abbott’s revenge trail series, we are introduced to a web of characters all somehow linked, despite being based in both London and Birmingham. The locations are typical for the author, having worked or lived in both, she shows an intimate knowledge of the cities. As the description suggests, there […]

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Book: Ratner: The Rise and Fall and Rise Again

Book: Ratner: The Rise and Fall and Rise Again

I think many of us felt a little sorry when Gerald Ratner made that speech that lead to his eventual exit from his own father’s jewellery company. Especially when, as transpired, he’d said the same ‘crap’ joke at many speeches before. But this time, for whatever reason, the press went crazy and it cost him […]

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Book: The Girl from Hockley by Kathleen Dayus

Book: The Girl from Hockley by Kathleen Dayus

What struck me early on is the tagline ‘growing up in working class Birmingham’ is not the working class I recall. I grew up in Bedford, some 70 years behind the author but my idea of working class is someone who needs to work as they don’t have any other means of income. However Katy […]

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Book: 1971- Never a Dull Moment by David Hepworth

Book: 1971- Never a Dull Moment by David Hepworth

  If all we know of David Bowie was what he did in 1971 it would be more than enough. Changes, Oh! You Pretty Things, Life on Mars, The Bewlay Brothers, Hang On to Yourself, Five Years, Ziggy Stardust, Suffragette City and Starman are all from 1971. As if that wasn’t enough to quantify that […]

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Book – The Long and Winding Road by Alan Johnson

Book – The Long and Winding Road by Alan Johnson

This is the third and final exhilarating instalment of fascinating memoirs from Alan Johnson, the one where he got into politics. As stated before probably when talking about This Boy and Please Mr Postman it’s surprising how much agree with Mr Johnson considering he is a union man. Even this book states ‘if minimum standards […]

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Book – The Great British Dream Factory by Dominic Sandbrook

Book – The Great British Dream Factory by Dominic Sandbrook

This book should be in the school curriculum. It’s also a great one to give to anyone moving to the UK, even if some of it may have them asking more questions rather than getting answers, like why were people snooty about giving the Beatles MBEs? It opens with cinema and how Mr Rank, a […]

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Book: The Good Immigrant – edited by Nikesh Shukla

Book: The Good Immigrant – edited by Nikesh Shukla

I picked this book up out of loyalty to my community at large but I learn so much. It’s a collection of 21 essays by people from a variety of ethnic backgrounds talking about race and their experience of racism. I learn, just because I don’t (knowingly) experience racism personally, doesn’t mean it doesn’t still […]

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Book: The Co-Op’s Got Bananas: A Memoir of Growing Up in the Post-War North by Hunter Davies

Book: The Co-Op’s Got Bananas: A Memoir of Growing Up in the Post-War North by Hunter Davies

I think this was recommend to me somehow because I enjoyed Alan Johnson’s memoirs. Whereas this doesn’t have the poverty of Johnson’s London story, Davies’ upbringing in Cumbria was by no mean’s comfortable. However, the enjoyable part for me here is reading about his education and how he somehow managed to get into the top […]

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