Monday, February 05, 2007

Book review in a lift - Progressive Patriot by Billy Bragg

Based on the premise that if someone I work with asked me as I got in the lift - "what's your book, any good?" I'd be able to tell them before we got to the 8th floor without them wishing they'd never asked.

The Progressive Patriot - a search for belonging by Billy Bragg. Cockney folk singer makes a decent stab at English history by evoking traditions of the English Civil war, the domestic front during the Second World War, the labour movement and folk music. It's a lively and informative enough read, gets bogged down a few times in an obsession with a Bill of Rights and the history of Barking, but it's billed as a personal journey so why not? Six out of ten.

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