Reading Arsenal

Reading Arsenal

I’m a huge Arsenal fan, and a season ticket holder (for my sins), and there was nothing I used to enjoy more in the close…

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Reading the holocaust

Reading the holocaust

The death of Gitta¬†Sereny a couple of weeks ago, and recently finishing watching the World at War on DVD, both reminded me of reading a…

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The future of work

The future of work

I’ve been fascinated by work and books theorising the changing nature of work since I started my PhD on work and poverty in 1998. Since…

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Times they are a-changin

Times they are a-changin

Nothing tells you how fast things are changing more than reading a book written only a few years ago about how fast things are changing….

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A manifesto for the social sciences

A manifesto for the social sciences

Both Bad Science by Ben Goldacre and The Geek Manifesto by Mark Henderson make a strong case for standing up for rigorous science and the…

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Colonial misdemeanours

Colonial misdemeanours

Now before I start I should say that I studied post-colonial theory and criticism at university, am deeply interested in the appalling history of Britain’s…

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Being intimidated by the most unlikely books

Being intimidated by the most unlikely books

I realised I am a bit old fashioned when it comes to reading books, in that I like to start reading something at the beginning…

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Reading politics

Reading politics

When I told a friend I had started a blog about reading he said he thought it was a great idea given how much I…

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Reading to order

Reading to order

I’ve never really been that enamoured of book groups. I was briefly part of one when I lived in Brighton but somehow it didn’t quite…

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Can you learn how to be happier from a book?

Can you learn how to be happier from a book?

I have been reading around the subject of happiness for about the last five years to see whether it’s possible to learn how to make…

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