David Eggers: The Circle

Admiring review of a novel which has had a largely hostile critical reception. “The Circle is a deft modern synthesis of Swiftian wit with Orwellian prognostication. That is not to say the writing is without formal weaknesses – Eggers misses notes like an enthusiastic jazz pianist. But The Circle is a work so germane to our times that it may well come to be considered as the most on-the-money satirical commentary on the early internet age” (900 words)

The Relentless Charm Of Nigel Farage

“Close up, he smells of tobacco, offset with a liberal application of aftershave.” Out and about with Nigel Farage, leader of the UK Independence Party, steering Britain towards an exit from the EU. “Ukip is indeed a rag tag bag — but not of fruitcakes; rather, of cussed, contrary, wilful, protesting, obstreperous, bantering Englishmen and women, the like of which have been with us all the way back to The Canterbury Tales(3,699 words)

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