Monthly Archives: April 2012

You don’t get me, I’m in The Daily Mail.

In his preface Dominic tells us “Partisan books are boring, and I have done my best to be even handed” (Seasons, pxvii).  I know what he means, diatribes that pay no attention to the facts are terrible and people who … Continue reading

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In a bad metaphor, far from reality…..

The preface of Dominic’s book is based on the idea that the decline of Britain, manifest in the 1970s, can be seen through the prism of the success of the 1976 film Star Wars.  Star Wars is set, like the … Continue reading

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Tired and emotional

Was Harold Wilson drunk for much of his second premiership 1974-1976? It has become a  commonplace that Wilson’s “rapid decline, and growing paranoia, in his second stint as premier were fuelled by his excessive fondness for brandy” (Harry Reid, http://www.heraldscotland.com/comment/columnists/let-us-make-westminster-a-drink-free-zone-for-mps.16871394).  … Continue reading

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Clueless

Quick apology, yesterday’s post went up without being properly proof read.  All cleaned up now. This post is a slight digression to look at a review of Seasons in the Sun by Gerard DeGroot in The Daily Telegraph.  DeGroot is … Continue reading

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I would like to thank…..

The acknowledgements are usually found at the front of a factual book.  In history this is, in my humble opinion, important.  As historians, we stand on the shoulders of others, for good or bad.   The historiography, what has been written, … Continue reading

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Judging a book by its cover

Only an idiot would judge a book by its cover.   So onto the cover.   The cover photo is certain to be out of Dominic’s hands, and the product of a picture researcher at Penguin, but it does raise a few … Continue reading

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That all important title

There is no more important issue in contemporary history, especially in its popular form, than a book’s title.  If you can’t summarise it in the title, then WH Smith may well not stock it.  Here we have Seasons in the … Continue reading

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