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How Labour became 'new'

Advantages: opening closed doors of politics
Disadvantages: only tells the story of the winners not the loosers

...Philip Gould is a key Labour strategist and advisor (spin doctor?!!). This book tells two stories, firstly briefly Mr Gould's life story and then the story of Labour's modernisation (especially where he was involved.) Labour's modernising history is ...

AlexMayer 02.07.2000 · Read full review

Review of The Unfinished Revolution - Philip Gould

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It definitely contains some nuts!

Advantages: It will make you chuckle out loud
Disadvantages: It will make you question your own parenting!

I was browsing the book sale list of Politico's Books website a few weeks back, and spotted this novel by John O'Farrell. The blurb seemed quite encouraging, and so I ordered it to have a read. The hardback cost me £9.99 as there was £3 off during thei ...

orlando 29.12.2005 · Read full review
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Review of May Contain Nuts - John O'Farrell

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Modern parenting as an extreme sport

Advantages: Highly readable, often hilarious satire on a certain type of parent
Disadvantages: The book's "message" may not be acceptable to all

Having read and thoroughly enjoyed John O'Farrell's two previous novels - not to mention "Things Can Only Get Better", his hilarious memoir of life as a Labour supporter under 18 years of Tory (mis)rule - I was looking forward to reading his latest, a sat ...

sheri3004 31.05.2006 · Read full review
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south london in a nutshell

Advantages: very funny
Disadvantages: appealing to urbanites and thirtysomethings

If you have ever lived in South London then this book will strike a familar chord. If you are familiar with Metro man, thirtysomething parenting skills or alternative comedians, ditto. Alice Chaplin is a middle class mum determined that young Molly ...

aspebbles 29.04.2007 · Read full review
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How High Are You in the League Table? (May Contain Nuts)

Advantages: entertaining, funny, relevant to current culture
Disadvantages: disappointing sweet ending, social diagnosis replaced by psychobably one, second part weaker

Just to get the obvious out of the way, 'May Contain Nuts' is a very funny, sometimes laugh-out-loud funny book. It starts out very promisingly: as a farce, really, an almost (but not quite, as not to alienate the potential readership) vicious satire on r ...

magdadh 16.04.2009 · Read full review
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