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Three books alas! not published by us
A brisk demonstration of the vagueness and sometimes downright meaninglessness that characterised the Referendum campaign last year and is now going strong in Parliament. Charmingly and quizzically illustrated by Jane Montague.
John Pick, a former director of this company, is the author of two books on our list: for details click on Shop.
All four Brynmill directors have contributed a chapter to this book so it would not be proper for us to review it.
The book calls attention to a range of symptoms of cultural collapse. We hope it is read, but . . . the old paradox. The common pursuit of true judgement is hard to find, but (1) if some people can see as much, judgement does survive though (2) if their judgement is right it is not possible for it to be recognised by the present opinion-forming elite because they are incapable of perceiving judgement.
There is nevertheless room for another collection of a similar kind, to include essays on literature, common speech and music.
Eric Coombes, The Disutility of Utilitarianism
Theodore Dalrymple, Built to Destroy: the Nihilism of Modern Architecture
Michael Bussell, The Changing Profession of the Structural Engineer
Brian Lee, The World in a Form of Words: Art in the Community
Duke Maskell, British Values
Ian Robinson, Politics as Language, Language as Politics
Michael DiSanto, The Multiversity has Lost its Mind
Edward Lucie-Smith, Avant-Garde Lite and Magical Thinking
David Lee, State Art and its Commissars
Selby Whittingham, Turner in our Time: la Trahison des Clercs
Laura Gascoigne, Dangerous Nonsense: the Corporate Takeover
of the Queen's English and the Cost to Art
Eric Coombes, Criticism and the Collapse of Culture
Theodore Dalrymple, Celebrity Culture, . . . a fantasy and trick of fame
Mark Dooley, Conserving the Sacred in a Virtual Kingdom
On the jacket of Roy Kerridge's Beside the Seaside and Other Tales (1974) we announced his Tales of Black London as in preparation. A later version is now available though not, alas! published by us. Tales of Old Black London includes some of the best things Kerridge has donewhich is saying something!including the vivid scene of Harold Gilbey's conversion by The Saints (a version of which appeared in The Human World no. 10, 1973).
Tales of Old Black London, ISBN 9780956918482, 160 pp. paperback £8.99, is available only from Custom Books, 5, Cheselden Rd, Guildford, Surrey GU1 3SB. Prospective purchasers should make contact before trying to order. This may not be easy but the advice is to ring 05600-683-274 and ask for Dominic. Here is an instant rare book!
The book we listed on the same jacket as also in preparation, Subjects of the Queen, was published in 2002 by the much-missed firm of Duckworth, with ISBN 9780715630204, and is easily available second-hand.
For three books by Roy Kerridge which we do publish, including the enchanting children's story Druid Madonna, click on Shop, above.