So Lucky?

The Pandemic – A Year of Mistakes? Dr. Steven McCabe, Associate Professor, Birmingham City University The title of this blog is based on the song of the same name from 1981 album, Magic, Murder and the Weather from seminal post-punk Manchester band Magazine. As...

Is V S Naipaul a great writer?

When we launched our book on V S Naipaul following his death in August, V.S.Naipaul – the Legacy, it provoked some of the strongest arguments that I have seen about an author. Branded a misogynist, a racist, and a right wing grump on the one hand, there was an...

Can Amazon beat all competition?

As Stuart Haining writes in his book Planet Amazon – The Day the Earth was Renamed, if current trends continue – a rather big IF – then by 2055 Amazon could be responsible for half the world’s GDP. Of course in 1896, it was predicted that if current...