Good Food

Amongst the great books from the early years of Faber & Faber poetry collections and modernist fiction loom large. Yet, like any other commercial publisher, the new firm that Geoffrey Faber launched in 1929 by necessity developed a very wide-ranging list, making much of its profits from attractive and well-made books aimed at more popular…

Anarchy in the UK, the legends of the 1970s, and C.J. Driver’s ‘A Messiah of the Last Days’

Time Out’s cover after the verdicts in the 5-month 1972 ‘Angry Brigade’ trial ‘Viewed from a distance, Britain in the 1970s looks ghastly—angry, decaying, on the skids. But that is not the whole story.’ The Economist‘s 2010 review of State of Emergency: The Way We Were. Britain, 1970–1974 by Dominic Sandbrook. ‘In England it’s a…

Patricia Hollis’s ‘Jennie Lee’, the mantle of Nye, and how (or how not) to be a Junior Minister

Jennie Lee addressing busmen in Trafalgar Square, 1937 JENNIE LEE: A Life by Patricia Hollis Faber Finds paperback & ebook Enoch Powell took the view that all political careers end in failure (‘because that is the nature of politics and of human affairs.’) One could argue, and on the same grounds, that most political careers…