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Review: London Rules, by Mick Herron

OK, I’ve said this before and I have to say it again: plot is not Mick Herron’s greatest strength. In this book, the fifth in the Slough House series, a bunch of terrorists blow up…


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How Netanyahu lost

On October 30, 1972 a little-known author named Arthur Tobier published a book entitled How McGovern Won the Presidency and Why the Polls Were Wrong. The New York Times described the book as “perhaps premature”. A…


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Review: Spook Street, by Mick Herron

Let me start by saying that having now read the first four books in the Jackson Lamb/Slough House series, I think we can pretty well give up on any expectation that the plots are going…



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Review: Real Tigers, by Mick Herron

The third volume in Mick Herron’s Jackson Lamb series of thrillers continues to be as good as promised. Each of the books sees one or more members of his ‘slow horses’ team leave the team…


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Review: Dead Lions, by Mick Herron

The second of Mick Herron’s Jackson Lamb thrillers is as good as the first. But … you have to love the characters. Perhaps ‘love’ is the wrong way of putting it. They are, generally, not…




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Surpriza malkovro en Texel

My first article in Esperanto – for the website uea.facila.org, which is aimed at people learning the language (hence the short texts in simple Esperanto). I’ll bet that most people who’ve never studied Esperanto will…


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Prospects for the Israeli Left 2019

Presentation to Ideas for Freeedom, London, 22 June 2019 What are the prospects for the Israeli Left today? My short answer is: bleak. In Israel’s first elections following independence in 1949, over 50% of the…