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The Rare Metals War By Guillaume PitronPublished by Scribe, paperback 288pp, RRP £   Review by Nick Pelling In the future we will all glide silently in our self-driving electric cars and step out into the renewable sun and breathe…
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Oil Be Damned: Part OneCrude Britannia: How Oil Shaped a Nation By James Marriott & Terry MacalisterPublished by Pluto, 2021 Review by Tim Barton The borough I went to school in, Castle Point in Essex, voted a shade over 72%…
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Inequality and the Labyrinths of Democracy By Göran TherbornPublished by Verso, 2020Review by Tim Barton Therborn has written on the problems of democracy over many decades, and this book brings several of his essays together in one volume. The meatiest,…
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Take10ToRead Hastings joins 100,000 readers across the UK in support of mental health and wellbeing On Monday May 10th, over 1600 people from schools and businesses in Hastings took part in the #Take10ToRead Challenge as part of the Connecting Stories…
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Privatized Planet By T J Coles Published by New Internationalist, 2019, rrp £, Bookbuster price £ Review by Tim Barton Over a decade ago, Cameron, then opposition leader, complained of a ‘far too cosy relationship between politics, government, business and…
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Lost Odyssey By Richard FryerPaperback £  Review by Nick Pelling Richard Fryer is a Hastings man through and through. He loves a pint in the boozy gloom of the Horse and Groom, and yet at some point in 2011 he…
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No More Cakes and Ale? By Sophie NewtonPublished by Turned Brain Books, 2021, rrp £10 Review by Tim Barton I am lucky, my intolerance to gluten is not full-flung hospitalising coeliac disease. Nevertheless, I get cramps, bloating, and other less…
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Diary of an MP’s Wife:Inside and Outside Power By Sasha Swire Published by Little Brown, 2020 Review by Tim Barton Sasha, born Alexandra Patrusha Mina Nott (a name change reminiscent of our awful PM), is the daughter of ‘Sir’ John…
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Empireland By Sathnam Sanghera Review by Nick Pelling The British Empire did not decline and fall; it is alive and well. Or, to be more accurate, a distorted dream of Empire saturates the subconscious of the British people and shapes…
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Literature

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Localism: Manifesto for a Twenty-First Century England By Charlie Shaw, Patrick Carragher, Ethan Bridge, Seth Littleboy and Liam Murphy Published by Local Matters Ltd£15 from Bookbusters Review by Tim Barton On first approach, what could we applaud more than a…
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