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    A Very British Coup by Chris Mullin.

    The story of Jeremy Corbyn Harry Perkins, a very left-wing Labour Party leader who becomes Prime Minister, and the plot between the British establishment and the CIA to remove him by whatever means necessary.

    https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/A_Very_British_Coup

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    For something a little more esoteric, local left-leaning, literature type booksellers Brown and Dickson announced a store-wide 50% off sale today.

    A married couple co-owns the store, who are both regular authors themselves, and the husband just released a book about a cutting edge, Gay Canadian artist who lived in London, Ontario and died of aids in the 80s. I wanted a copy but their own books can be a little steep, the sale knocked it down far enough however that I just bought one. For 12.50 well worth a Friday night read.

    At half off I also bought some of the same owners poetry, too.

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    Quote Originally Posted by spikepipsqueak View Post
    In the middle of That Glimpse of Truth: 100 of the finest short stories ever written David Miller.
    That looks great. I'm a BIG fan of the short story form.

    My favourite anthology is 'The Art of the Short Story', because it includes some bio about each author, and a short critical analysis or some explanatory text by the author themselves, alongside each story (though not all cases of it being by the author are about the particular short story featured).



    https://www.amazon.co.uk/Short-Story...s=books&sr=1-2

    Published 2005 so not that much out of date.

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    Stephen King often includes an Afterword in his Short Story anthologies explaining where he got the ideas for each story, how they came about, etc.

    Some people don't like seeing how the sausage is made, but I enjoy it.

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    Southern Exposure (1946) by Stetson Kennedy, an analysis of conditions in the Jim Crow south at its 'height', which is an oxymoron. This book couldn't have received any positive reviews in the southern press, as he unsparingly delineates the hellscape endured by the laborer class and the connivance of law enforcement in forced peonage (aka the convict lease system and the notorious vagrancy laws.)

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    Pyramids by Terry Pratchett.

    After decades of neglect, I'm working through the Discworld pantheon.

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    Hitler: A Study in Tyranny by Bullock.

    I got to the "good" part where he acquires power and starts having people murdered a week or so ago, and now he has his eye on the Sudetenland. There's also a nice chapter I just finished about his ideological views (materialism and a crude form of Social Darwinism, according to the book).

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    Quote Originally Posted by Torin View Post
    Hitler: A Study in Tyranny by Bullock.

    I got to the "good" part where he acquires power and starts having people murdered a week or so ago, and now he has his eye on the Sudetenland. There's also a nice chapter I just finished about his ideological views (materialism and a crude form of Social Darwinism, according to the book).
    Don't worry. The Czechoslovak army is very strong, well positioned, and quite capable of resisting German incursions. As long as the Czechoslovakians retain the support of the British, Italians, and French, the Germans won't have any chance of successfully invading the Sudetenland.

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    Just finished an amazing non-fiction book called "Italian Fantasies", by Israel Zangwill.
    If you want to get laid, go to college. If you want an education, go to a library. - Frank Zappa

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    War and Peace by Leo Tolstoy - About halfway through this book. I can see how it has earned its accolades. I do find it a bit hard to keep track of the characters because of the different names they can be called.

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