Oprah time: The Dark Net by Jamie Bartlett

The Dark Net had been sitting on my shelf for a while. Jamie Bartlett works at Demos, has written for The Telegraph and writes books looking at the intersection between radical politics and technology. The Dark Net provides an overview of how politics and social forces have adapted to the internet. Bartlett is largely non-judgemental. […]

Oprah time: Economics – The User’s Guide: A Pelican Introduction by Ha-Joon Chang

Economics – The User’s Guide: A Pelican Introduction by Ha-Joon Chang is a great reader for the average person on economics. If I had this during my first economics modules at college, it would have been really useful. As an engaged member of the electorate it would allow you to for example critique Brexiters vision […]

Oprah time: Thoughts on Design by Paul Rand

Paul Rand’s slim book Thoughts on Design was originally written after World War 2 when he was in his 30s. He hadn’t yet done some of his most iconic work such as the IBM or TV network ABC. Straight out of the gate it focuses on design and its applicability to the job in hand. […]

Oprah time: Death Notice by Zhou Haohui

China has had a run in English literature at the moment. Cixin Liu has overturned the world of science fiction with his Three Body Problem trilogy of books. Zhou Haohui’s Death Notice promises a similar shake up in crime fiction. Death Notice takes place in 2002, the internet was changing Chinese society and the government […]

Oprah time: The Sacco Gang by Andrea Camilleri

The Sacco Gang is an easy to read dramatisation of a true story about a family in Sicily during the rise of fascism. Andrea Camilleri is better known as the author of the Montalbano series of crime novels. With The Sacco Gang Camilleri takes the original source material about the Sacco family and then filled in […]