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Free Speech: And Why It Matters
ISBN: 978-0349135380 Author: Andrew Doyle Cover: Paperback Pages: 144 Language: English Category: Democracy, Religious History of Christianity, Political Science Each book is sold with a signed bookplate (Publication Date - 25th Feb 2021) The Keystone of Civilisation Free speech is one of the most important issues of our time. With increased political division, more and more are calling for greater restrictions on our ability to speak our minds. In this incisive and fascinating book, Andrew Doyle addresses the most common concerns of free speech sceptics, and offers a timely and robust defence of this most foundational of principles. Over the past decade, many people have detected a pattern of minor changes in our culture. A new identity-based conceptualisation of ‘social justice’ has brought with it a mistrust of unfettered speech, appealing for greater intervention from the state. And yet without free speech, no other liberties exist. In the age of identity politics – with the collusion of Big Tech enabling some voices to be heard and silencing others, such as Parler – defenders of the concept run the risk of being accused of complicity with those considered repellent. But there is no contradiction in holding individuals in contempt for their repugnant views and simultaneously defending their right to express them. We all have a right to incivility, just as we have the right to opinions that are considered to be beyond the purview of permissible thought. Likewise, those who wish to criticise such forms of dissent are free to express their disapproval however they see fit within the law. This is the liberal system, and it works. Andrew Doyle believes the concept of free speech is nothing less than the keystone of our civilisation. Readers may have reservations about this view. Readers may believe that unlimited speech enables the worst elements among us to commit harm. But a society that abandons freedom of expression risks exacerbating the very problems about which many of us are rightly concerned. ‘Give me the liberty to know, to utter, and to argue freely according to conscience, above all liberties.’ – John Milton, Areopagitica Andrew Doyle is a writer, broadcaster and satirist whose commentary on political and cultural issues is regularly published in the national press. He is a panellist on The Moral Maze (BBC Radio 4) and often appears on Sky News. In 2019, he toured the UK with his stand-up show Friendly Fire. He is the author, as Titania McGrath, of the satirical books Woke: A Guide to Social Justice and My First Little Book of Intersectional Activism. He has a doctorate in Renaissance literature from the University of Oxford, where he also worked as a stipendiary lecturer. He was formerly a Visiting Research Fellow at Queen's University, Belfast.
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Frontline by Dr Hilary Jones
Publisher : Welbeck (2nd Sept. 2021) Language : English Hardcover : 464 pages ISBN-13 : 978-1787397521 SIGNED COPY Review 'The doctor hits the spot and deserves to be read' Jeffrey Archer 'My diagnosis is that Frontline is a story to get the heart racing' Daily Express 'An enthralling tale and Jones' medical expertise never gets in the way of the action' Daily Mirror 'Dr Hilary is a master storyteller, and Frontline is an utterly absorbing page-turner' Lorraine Kelly, CBE 'Frontline succeeded where (Sebastian Faulks') Birdsong failed; in actually making me cry' National Federation of Pensioners magazine. Book Description The first book in a series charting the rise of a prominent British medical family in the twentieth century. From wars to a pandemic, the discovery of penicillin to the birth of the NHS, successive generations of the Burnett family are at the vanguard of life-saving developments in medicine. About the Author Doctor Hilary Jones is a General Practitioner and regular contributor to multiple newspapers and television shows. He is a well-known and trusted face to millions in the UK.
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Odd Boy Out by Gyles Brandreth
Publisher : Michael Joseph (16th Sept. 2021) Language : English Hardcover : 448 pages ISBN-13 : 978-0241483718 SIGNED COPY Review Hilarious, ribald, eye-popping, unforgettable, will make you laugh out loud ― Daily Mail A whirlwind of witticisms and of funny tales, both short and tall . . . 'I feel I have lived my life in a magic garden where the sun is always shining' he writes, and in Odd Boy Out he offers us yet another glimpse of that bright, shining sun ― Mail on Sunday Warm, witty, charming. A moving and very affectionate family history. An enthusiast for life ― The Times A fabulous raconteur with a great many tricks up his sleeve. His infectious zest for life means he has a story for almost every well-known person you can think of ― Daily Telegraph A magnificent raconteur. A witty account of a most unusual life ― Independent Brilliant pen portraits of his father and myriad friends present a framework for Gyles's contemplation of his extraordinary life. Light-hearted and dark events alike are described with his customary deceptively jaunty style, making them funny, moving, and sometimes deeply shocking -- Sheila Hancock Staggeringly brilliant, funny and touching, I loved it -- Joanna Lumley A hilarious and revealing account of growing up and coming of age in an apparently well-to-do but always strapped-for-cash middle-class English family ― Eastern Daily Press He's cheery, fun and has a fabulous grasp of the English language, so Gyles Brandreth's autobiography makes for a scintillating read. His hilarious - and sometimes moving - account of his life from early childhood days through to the adult world of politics and television is candid. It is also a story around his everyday family life, and about happiness, ambition and love. It offers a fascinating insight into a portrait of Britain, too ― People’s Friend Magazine Hugely enjoyable. Engaging ― Choice Magazine About the Author Gyles Brandreth is a writer, broadcaster, veteran of Just A Minute, QI and The One Show, former MP and Government Whip, now Chancellor of the University of Chester and founder of the 'Poetry Together' project bringing schoolchildren and older people together to learn poetry by heart. His many books include the best-selling poetry anthology, Dancing by the Light of the Moon, and the international best-seller about spelling and punctuation, Have You Eaten Grandma? With Susie Dent, the lexicographer from Countdown, he co-hosts the award-winning podcast, Something Rhymes With Purple. With Dame Sheila Hancock he presents Great Canal Journeys on Channel 4. With Dame Maureen Lipman he is a regular on Celebrity Gogglebox. Gyles is married to writer and publisher Michèle Brown and has three children, seven grandchildren, and lives in London with his wife, his jumpers, and Nala, the neighbour's cat.
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A Year on Our Farm by Matt Baker
Publisher : Michael Joseph (30th Sept. 2021) Language : English Hardcover : 336 pages ISBN-13 : 978-0241542736 SIGNED COPY About the Author Matt Baker is our much-loved television presenter, and from Blue Peter, to Countryfile, to The One Show, he has charmed a nation. Matt grew up in County Durham on a hill farm before his career in entertainment began. As a teenager he was a British champion gymnast and when Blue Peter was looking for a new presenter Matt put together a striking showreel somersaulting in the farmyard and riding a unicycle. In his seven years on the show Matt won two BAFTAs for Best Presenter two years in a row and a Royal Television Society Award. Matt has also presented Radio 4's Open Country, Secret Britain, One Man and His Dog, as well as starring in a host of musicals and presenting BBC Sport's Gymnastics coverage for many years. Matt has raised over 40 million pounds for Children In Need with his Rickshaw Challenge, and is also a trustee of the charity. Matt lives with his wife, children, his sheepdogs and his many beloved farm animals.