Category Archives: Books

The Growth Trap

In James Graham’s 2017 play Ink, Rupert Murdoch comes across as surprisingly likeable. The play tells the story of Murdoch’s takeover of The Sun newspaper in 1969 – at the time, a failing broadsheet – and its first year under … Continue reading

Posted in Books, Business, Politics | Tagged , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

Fiction picks of 2017

I’ve done these end-of-year lists for a few years now so usual rules apply. A book doesn’t have to have been published in the last year to qualify, it just has to have been read by me in that time. … Continue reading

Posted in Books | Tagged , , , , , , | 1 Comment

Changing minds: morality, irrationality and sustainability

Lately I’ve been struggling to come to terms with the perversity of my own behaviour. I know that humans are not, for the most part, rational beings. From books like Daniel Kahneman’s Thinking, Fast and Slow and Jonathan Haidt’s The … Continue reading

Posted in Books, Life | Tagged , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

The sickness at the heart of American capitalism – and where it’s leading us

American capitalism is sick. Not just “I think I might stay in bed today” sick. More like “call an ambulance” sick. The sickness has a name. It’s called financialisation. It’s not a bug that’s appeared overnight. It’s crept up on … Continue reading

Posted in Books, Business, Politics | Tagged , , , , , | 2 Comments

The Road to Utopia

Did you know that Richard Nixon almost introduced a basic income policy in 1969? In what he described as ‘the most significant piece of social legislation in our nation’s history,’ Nixon proposed guaranteeing all US citizens a modest amount of … Continue reading

Posted in Books, Life, Politics | Tagged , , , , , , , , , , , | 1 Comment

The best 10 books I read last year

I know it’s a tad late in the season for gift ideas, but books are for life, not just for Christmas so what the hell. Here, in no particular order – well actually they’re in the order I read them … Continue reading

Posted in Books, Uncategorized | Tagged , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

My year in books – part II – fiction

I still feel like a bit of a novice when it comes to fiction. I read fiction until I was about thirteen – Biggles, The Famous Five, Harry Potter (until the books became off-puttingly long) – and then didn’t pick … Continue reading

Posted in Books, Uncategorized | Tagged , , , , , , , , , , , , , | Leave a comment