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IN MY OWN TIME: Thoughts and Afterthoughts
Bibliophile price: £2.50
60 short pithy pieces of contemplation, interesting, funny or beautiful, by a lady who became a journalist at the age of 78 having edited an academic journal called Changing English for 20 years and after publishing a book called Crazy Age: Thoughts on Being Old. She was invited by an American magazine for her thoughts on politics and socialism, life and art and here are 60 of the best including her interviews with Tony Benn and Eric Hobsbawm just before they died. The pieces include Royalty, Bad Language, School Choice and The Feral Underclass, Dickens and Money, Social Mobility, Being Old in Britain, The London Olympics 2012, Hilary Mantel and the Duchess, India, Berlin, Sex and Sisterhood, The First World War, The Ambiguities of Care, Swimming, Scotland, Labour Again?, UKIP, London Jihadis, A European Union and even Elena Ferrante's Neapolitan Novels. Widely read and hugely entertaining, wry and witty views often illuminating the political. 308pp, illus. Paperback.

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