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John O'Farrell has weekly columns in both The Guardian and The Independent.

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Emma and Eddie Hughes are dyed in the wool Labourites living in the Tory seat of Hastings on Sea. Eddie is a local councillor and Emma works for a non-profit, their sone, Dylan, has just finished studying at Oxford. When Dylan returns home he confesses to his parents that he is actually a Tory and proceeds to join the party. For Emma and Eddie this is a betrayal of all they hold dear but can family love overcome the political divide.
There's no doubting the fact that this is a novel of its time but that doesn't make it any less funny. O'Farrell has tuned into the extremes of British politics and crammed this story full of Brexit, migrants, 'woke' thinking as well as traditional political issues. It's a quick read but is profound for all its lightness and I'm glad I'm not the only one who hates plaques with silly sayings on them!… (mais)
pluckedhighbrow | Mar 25, 2024 |
Indeholder "About the Author", "Praise for Things Can Only Get Better", "Acknowledgements", "Author's note", "Where there is discord ... -- General Election - 3 May 1979", "Best foot forward -- Labour Leadership Election - 4 and 10 November 1980", "Jobs not bombs -- American Presidential Election - 4 November 1980", "Political animals -- Labour Party Deputy Leadership Election - 27 September 1981", "Gotcha -- English County Council Elections - 6 May 1982", "Labour hold Jarrow -- General Election - 9 June 1983", "Gissa job -- Exeter Guild of Students Elections - 7 March 1984", "Working for London -- North Battersea GLC By-Election - 27 June 1985", "Labour of love -- Election of Queenstown Ward Secretary - 13 January 1986", "Westminster, please -- Fulham By-Election - 10 April 1986", "The jewel in the crown -- Wandsworth Council Elections - Queenstown Ward - 8 May 1986", "Three cheers for Alf Dubs -- General Election - 11 June 1987", "I know thee not, old man -- Labour Party Leadership Election - 1 October 1988", "The road to Tiananmen Square -- European Elections - 15 June 1989", "The candidate -- Wandsworth Council Elections - Fairfield Ward - 3 May 1990", "Maggie Maggie Maggie – gone gone gone -- Conservative Party Leadership Election - 20 and 27 November 1990", "April fool -- General Election - 9 April 1992", "Bacon is delicious -- Labour Leadership Election - 18 July 1992", "My party, right or left -- Lambeth Council Elections - 5 May 1994", "It's a wonderful life -- Halifax Building Society Conversion Ballot - 23 February 1997", "Things can only get better -- General Election - 1 May 1997".

En samling erindringsglimt. Skrevet med tungen i kinden, tror jeg. Han var Labour-mand og det var en ørkenvandring i tiden med Margaret Thatcher. Og ja, Michael Foot blev aldrig premierminister.
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bnielsen | 4 outras críticas | Feb 27, 2024 |
Muchos maridos olvidan cosas. Olvidan que esa mañana sus mujeres tienen una reunión importante, se olvidan de recoger la ropa de la tintorería o se olvidan de comprar a su esposa un regalo de cumpleaños... Pero Vaughan se ha olvidado incluso de que tiene una mujer. Ha olvidado su nombre, su rostro, toda la historia que comparten, todas las cosas que ella le haya podido contar, todo lo que alguna vez él le haya dicho a ella, Todo eso ha desaparecido, se borró en el catastrófico instante en el que Vaughan perdió la memoria. Y ahora que ha redescubierto a su esposa se entera también de que están a punto de divorciarse.… (mais)
Natt90 | 9 outras críticas | Nov 9, 2022 |
Propagating the myth of Dunkirk.

Funny only in a forced, unfunny way.
Paul_S | 23 outras críticas | Nov 8, 2021 |



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