THURSDAY BOOKS PRESENTS
Broonland: The Last Days of Gordon Brown –by Christopher Harvie
The author discusses – with Michael Fry, Gerry Hassan and others – his scathing and witty indictment of Gordon Brown, the architect of New Labour, and how he came to preside over a bankrupt country on the brink of economic and political breakdown.Taking us on a tour of Britain over the last decade, Chris Harvie explores the ever-widening disparity between rich and poor, and how manufacturing was replaced by “retail, entertainment and recreation” — otherwise known as shopping, gambling and drinking.
“He obviously believes that the horrors we have seen along the way are enough to convince us of the need to exit forthwith the whole enterprise” – Gerry Hassan
“[Harvie] is out for serious trouble with the UKL establishment, and provides a definitive depiction of broken-up Britain” – Tom Nairn, London Review of Books
“A capacious critique of this most complex of modern British politicians – whose “last days” may not, even yet, be near” – Pat Kane, Independent
“An impish romp through the New Labour era … If you like writing stuffed with fascinating ideas, to the point that the sentences burst like a badly wrapped present from an enthusiastic friend, then dip in.” – George Kerevan, Scotsman
Christopher Harvie is a Member of the Scottish Parliament and visiting professor at Strathclyde and Aberystwyth universities. His many books include Scotland and Nationalism and Fool’s Gold: The Story of North Sea Oil.
Thursday 29th April, 7PM
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