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Books  •  February 13, 2016  •  by Stephen Delahunty

The Bottom Billion

While a fall in global poverty has been met starkly with a huge rise in inequality in recent years, the world’s poorest remain stuck in several traps; conflict, resources, landlocked by unruly neighbours and bad governance. Paul Collier’s book – the Bottom Billion – looks to change the we understand these traps, with a focus on how and why poverty…


Books  •  March 22, 2015  •  by Stephen Delahunty

The Establishment

The more I read of Owen Jones’ latest book – The Establishment – the quicker I wanted to finish it, as if getting to the final chapter would alleviate the increasing frustration that ate away at me as I finished one damning chapter after another. It’s a detailed exploration of where power lies in the UK…

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Books  •  January 14, 2015  •  by Stephen Delahunty

Mother Night

In short, Mother Night is the confessions of Howard W. Campbell Jr, a spy who arguably betrayed both sides during the Second World War, or neither, a playwright and a propagandist, a spy and a war criminal. As our protagonist recounts his tale from his Israeli prison cell, he is both hero and anti-hero, guilty…

12 Years a Slave - 2014

Books  •  February 9, 2014  •  by Jade Heslin

12 Years A Slave

In anticipation of the newly released film, I speed-read my way through this autobiographical tale of slavery in 1840s America, but the short time in which I read it only condensed the horror. I was entirely consumed for the couple of days I spent with my nose between its pages, and it has not left…