NWR What are we reading thread?

Max Allen’s latest book, “Intoxicating- Ten Drinks that Shaped Australia”

This looks excellent. I see a reference to the Tasmanian beverage 'Blow My Skull', which sounds very similar to the Hangman’s Blood described by Richard Hughes in A High Wind in Jamaica.

A recipe for this compound of sugar, lime, brandy, rum and porter is given in The English and Australian Cookery Book: Cookery for the Many, as well as the Upper Ten Thousand - by an Australian Aristologist (1864) but we learn that by that date there were only a few old hands living at Hobart Town who could recollect the flavour of this celebrated liquor.
 
Aria by Nazanine Hozar.

A novel set in Tehran from 1958 to 1981. It is not brilliant in literary terms but manages evocatively to elucidate the awful effects of misuse of power by empire, corporation, religion and parents.

Whether from a party of Left or Right or God, governments that rule by brutality turn out to be similar in their cruelty and efforts to blind people to their illegitimacy.

A good reminder of why our imperfect democracy is worth preserving. Any other form of government is fairly likely to unleash the sadist on your street.
 
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'The Committed' by Viet Thanh Nguyen, a sequel to the author's very good, tragicomic first novel 'The Sympathizer' and equally enjoyable. 'The Sympathizer' starts with three Vietnamese friends at the time of the fall of Saigon dealing with conflicting loyalties and complicated relationships. 'The Committed' follows up on the events that befall the friends as they travel different paths and the narrator reflects on colonialism. The Guardian commented that these are political books masquerading as thrillers; I think that's about right.
 
Not sure if this has been mentioned earlier?
” The spy and the traitor “
true factual account of a soviet agent who single handed brought the Cold War to an end.

For those who remember the gay hussar pub …. Now the noble rot restaurant, I think ?
This was the rendezvous where labour leader Michael Foot met his KGB handler
He supplied the KGB with information for 10 years !!!!!
in a poll before the general election Foot was in the lead to become prime minister ahead of thatchers attempt for a second term.
 
Completely discredited, Ian, an old story without any foundation at all. Foot successfully sued The Times when the allegations were first made but he couldn't sue Gordievsky when he was dead. I suggest you read a little further around the subject, they don't get much shadier than Gordievsky even if you find his fiction enjoyable.
You might enjoy this relevant piece by that well-known leftist Peter Hitchens Was Michael Foot really a KGB Agent? - Mail Online - Peter Hitchens blog
 
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Completely discredited, Ian, an old story without any foundation at all. Foot successfully sued The Times when the allegations were first made but he couldn't sue Gordievsky when he was dead. I suggest you read a little further around the subject, they don't get much shadier than Gordievsky even if you find his fiction enjoyable.
Worth a read Thom.
I think it would be very difficult for him to explain the financial transactions.
 
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