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Emilymdxn
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Not flawless but I learned a lot from this. Partly a memoir but more interestingly an examination of how middle and working class people view each other, from a perspective we don‘t usually hear in Britain. Our party politics don‘t align perfectly but it was worth keeping an open mind for me, and it would serve us all to gain more insight into the communities most hurt by austerity.

#wintergames #merryreaders @Clwojick @StayCurious #impulseread

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BarbaraBB
Despised and Rejected | Rose Allatini
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Oh Meg, look at this! The gift paper and the bookmark and of course the #Persephone book inside 😍😍. The comparison to Boyne is very promising and your kind words... I‘m over the moon 🌙 🌝 , really! Thank you so much! 😘

erzascarletbookgasm Lovely ✨ 1mo
LeahBergen Ooo, how nice! I enjoyed this one. 👏🏻 1mo
Megabooks I‘m so glad it arrived safely and sound! I hope you enjoy it! 💕💕 Thank you for being such a wonderful friend 😘 1mo
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BarbaraBB @LeahBergen I just saw your post about it! 1mo
BarbaraBB @Megabooks I‘m sure I‘ll enjoy it. It sounds perfect! 💕 1mo
Cinfhen Beautiful ❤️ 1mo
Kalalalatja So pretty! 1mo
batsy How lovely 😍 1mo
Reviewsbylola So sweet!! 1mo
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Outofcontroltbr
The Barrytown Trilogy | Roddy Doyle
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I loved this trilogy. The stories kept me captivated and the diction of the language felt real. It‘s set in Ireland so some of the slang was different but it was still a great read.

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Outofcontroltbr
The Barrytown Trilogy | Roddy Doyle
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Another new reading buddy!!!!

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Outofcontroltbr
The Barrytown Trilogy | Roddy Doyle
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New reading buddy!!!!

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TheEllieMo
The Road to Wigan Pier | George Orwell
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Part 1 of this book describes life in the slum dwellings of industrialised towns in the 1930s, and the typical life of a mining community, and is quite an education - miners usually ended up with blue scars because coal dust would get into their cuts before they healed - who knew?!

Part 2 is a lengthy essay in why Orwell believed we should all become socialists and why he thought we weren‘t.

TheEllieMo It‘s interesting, particularly with the benefit of over 80 years of hindsight, to see how things have changed since the book was written, but also how some things haven‘t changed at all. Plus ça change, plus c‘est la même chose. (edited) 3mo
TheEllieMo I did have some issues with the book; there is some blatant racism towards the indigenous populations of some of the former British Colonies (India and Burma in particular); while Orwell, who considered himself middle-class, did not consider himself better than the working-classes, he very much considered himself to be better than a Burmese. And even towards the “working classes”, he can sound very condescending. 3mo
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TheEllieMo
The Road to Wigan Pier | George Orwell
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Picking up on the brilliant idea from @Cinfhen here‘s my #WeeklyForecast. Orwell and Lenny Henry need to be back at the library soon and The Order of the Day is for book club next Tuesday, so I need to crack on with all three!

CarolynM I only just heard about Lenny Henry's memoir! I need to get myself a copy. I look forward to your thought on it. 3mo
Cinfhen Yup, nothing like lighting a fire under the rug (or bookclub )to get oneself motivated 😹Happy reading 3mo
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TheEllieMo
The Road to Wigan Pier | George Orwell
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“You and I and the editor of the Times Literary Supplement and the Nancy poets and the Archbishop of Canterbury and Comrade X, author of ‘Marxism for Infants‘ - all of us really owe the comparative decency of our lives to poor dredges underground, blackened to the eyes, with their throats full of coal dust, driving their shovels forward with arms and belly muscles of steel”

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LeahBergen
Despised and Rejected | A. T. Fitzroy
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My current buddy read with the darling @shawnmooney ... and it‘s fan-freaking-tastic!!

#PersephoneBooks

Gissy I love those editions! 3mo
andrew61 Looks like a fascinating read, definitely stacked and will try and find it. Thanks. 3mo
Reviewsbylola Damn, I wish I owned this one. I‘ll have to pick it up again if I make it to Persephone again this spring. 🤞🏻🤞🏻 3mo
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TracyReadsBooks
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My next nonfiction read.

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