Book of the Week: Last of the High Kings

Last of the high Kings Feed is MacAnna New Island Books Originally published in 1991 Ferdia MacAnnas novel is a story of an Irish family living in Howth in 1977. Punk rock, Christian brothers, an irrational distrust of Britain and local politics all get raised here. It’s a functionally disfunctional family with kids growing up. … Continue reading Book of the Week: Last of the High Kings

Book of the Week: Hara Hotel

Hara hotel A tale of Syrian refugees in Greece Teresa thornhill Verso books In what really is a tragic indie t if how we have not come as a civilization here is another book of harrowing stories from refugee camp. Teresa thornhill was moved by pictures she saw of human suffering. Moved so much that … Continue reading Book of the Week: Hara Hotel

Book of the Week: Inside the room

Inside the room The untold story of Ireland’s crisis government Eamon Gilmore Merrion Press My son has just started secondary school and history is now a more definite subject for him. It’s not just past events that he is looking at he Will he diss dying their cause and effect. Of course bias will come … Continue reading Book of the Week: Inside the room

Book of the Week: Disaster Capitalism

Disaster Capitalism Making a killing out of catastrophe Anthony loewenstein Verso Books I remember that Dead Kennedys lyric from Holiday in Cambodia so well. “Kiss ass while you bitch So you can get rich While your boss gets richer off you”. That last line in particular resonated as I entered the workforce and looked to … Continue reading Book of the Week: Disaster Capitalism

Book of the Week: The Monk who sold his ferrari

The monk who sold his Ferrari Robin shame Harper Collins Publishing A self help book told as a story. Not trying to tell you what you can do to transform your life butnthenstory of Julian and John. Julian has taken a step from his life away from the humdrum of daily living. He explains to … Continue reading Book of the Week: The Monk who sold his ferrari

Book Of The Week: The Toy Dolls From Fulwell to Fukuoka

The Toy Dolls From Fulwell to Fukuoka Ronan Fitzsimons Ardra Press Sunderland 1979, an England with class divide arising from a punk revolution and the beginning of Maggie Thatcher. Three young men decide to start a band singing about life on the these streets, whether it’s the people living there or those they see from … Continue reading Book Of The Week: The Toy Dolls From Fulwell to Fukuoka

Book of the Week: Violent Borders by Reece Jones

Violent Borders Refugees and the right to move Reece Jones Verso books I am amazed at how it is so much easier to love capital and goods than people. We seem to worry that people born outside our lands somehow want to uproot and move in. Of course the opposite can happen. It’s ok for … Continue reading Book of the Week: Violent Borders by Reece Jones

Book of the week: Holding by Graham Norton

Holding Graham Norton Hodder and Stoughton Detail. It’s vital. This book is full of detail. Also, descriptive writing. We are asked to picture a small village in Co Cork. The drawing is painted for us so we need no imagination. As the words travel from the page to my consciousness I can see this village. … Continue reading Book of the week: Holding by Graham Norton

Book of the Week: The production of money by Ann Pettifor

The production of money How to break the power of the bankers Ann Pettifor Verso books So what has happened since global capitalism was brought to the brink 10 years ago? A policy of cuts and slash and burn ensured which brought untold hardship on to many, especially those who had little beforehand. Whilst banks … Continue reading Book of the Week: The production of money by Ann Pettifor

Book of the Week: Fordlandia The rise and fall of Henry fords forgotten jungle city

Fordlandia The rise and fall of Henry fords forgotten jungle city Greg Grandin Icon Books So what do you do when you want to built a factory in the middle of the Brazilian Amazon. Not only that you want to employ thousands of people who don’t live there so you need to create homes. To … Continue reading Book of the Week: Fordlandia The rise and fall of Henry fords forgotten jungle city