Here’s the books I read in November…
Don’t Laugh, It’ll Only Encourage Her by Daisy May Cooper
You can’t help but laugh, and laugh lots, at this memoir from the This Country star. A genuinely laugh out loud hilarious book and a real rags to riches story. Cooper concludes the book just as This Country gets the green light at the BBC – after years of development and years of personal hardship – ensuring a second volume could well be in the offing, though perhaps not from Penguin, given the online spats (involving Carol Baskin?!) she’s been having with them.
From Manchester with Love: The Life and Opinions of Tony Wilson by Paul Morley
Here it is, the best book of 2021. Factory Records mogul and Granada TV legend Tony Wilson passed away fourteen years ago and Paul Morley has been effectively working on – and working up the courage to write – this book ever since, being Wilson’s favourite writer. I must admit I was initially apprehensive as Morley isn’t mine – I struggled with the pretensions of The North, but he’s done Wilson proud here and I take it all back. I may have to return to The North again. The title comes from a benefits concert Factory staged in Liverpool for the Militant run council, but to be honest I think I preferred Morley’s original title, Self-Division. Pity that he was persuaded not to use it by, of all people, Richard Madeley.
Stalin Eat My Homework by Alexei Sayle
This was a re-read. Still brilliant.
The Green Book by Muammar Gaddafi
I read this, not only because I’m of the belief that Gaddafi was often unfairly vilified by the West because his form of socialism was actually fairly successful, but also because I’d heard interesting things about his views on gender which, as you know, isn’t always apparent pre-twenty first century socialism. I was disappointed with the latter, basically whilst Gaddafi recognises men and women are equal, there’s a lot of guff about women being saintly beautiful creatures who must not work. Visions of Gaddafi being surrounded by his female guards like some Benny Hill figure returned once more. The copy I got too, whilst dirt cheap, is a very poor print with pages and lines being replicated. The introduction from Caleb Maupin was interesting though.
Number of books read so far: 52