Just in Case, short novella by Chrissie Manby. Twin sisters with contrasting personalities and fashion tastes accidentally swap suitcases: now uptight Claire has to present at a conference in Rosie's low-cut bright maxi-dresses , while Rosie must attend a trendy wedding in black and grey businesswear.
Not usually the kind of thing I read, but I thought I'd give some chick-lit a go. Quite entertaining, a bit predictable but well constructed, as the sisters learn a bit more about each other and grow as individuals.
Would definitely give the Mefites a few fits of the vapours as male approval is the key to both sisters' eventual success.
Overall, pretty decent entertainment.
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The Buried Giant. Kazuo Ishiguro moves into fantasy territory with a novel set in a post-Arthurian Britain under a curse that blurs memories.
Sometimes when an author moves into an unfamiliar genre it results in a painstaking recreation of overused cliches, but in this case it's the opposite. Ishiguro melds history, fantasy and fairytale in an a fresh and unusual way. There's good worldbuilding with some nice details.
The book has an elegaic feel and comes to a good conclusion. Well worth a read.
Economics. Is the City right for once to fear Brexit?
..., rightwing politicians in Israel have figured out that the settlements are a kind of political magic... Housing inside the 1948 boundaries is exorbitantly expensive... At this point the vast majority of settlers live on the West Bank for economic, not ideological, reasons... In the past, young people in difficult circumstances, students, well-educated young parents, have been the traditional constituency of the Left. Put these same people in a settlement, and they will, inexorably, even without realizing it, begin to think like fascists. Settlements are, in their own way, giant engines for the production of right-wing consciousness.
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