Author: Ian Hollingshead
Publisher: Hachette UK
Release Date: 2015-04-02
Telegraph letter writers, that most astute body of political commentators, are probably not alone in thinking that politics has taken some strange turns in recent years. The first coalition government since 1945 has led the country from the subprime to the ridiculous, lumbering from Leveson to Libya, riots to referendums, pasty-gate to pleb-gate, Brooks to Bercow, the Bullingdon Club to the Big Society. Five years is a long time in politics. Fortunately for us, it has also been a most fertile period for the Telegraph's legion of witty and erudite letter writers, who have their own therapeutic way of dealing with the pain. An institution in their own right, theirs is a welcome voice of sanity in a world in which the lunatics appear finally to have taken over the asylum.
DIV Readers of the 'brilliant Telegraph Letters page', as Ian Hislop recently lauded it, will be fondly aware of the eclectic combination of learned wisdom, wistful nostalgia and robust good sense that characterise its correspondence. But what of the 95 per cent of the paper's huge postbag which never sees the light of day? Some of the best letters inevitably arrive too late for the 24/7 news cycle, or don't quite fit with the rest of the day's selection. Others are just a little too whimsical, or indeed too risque, to publish in a serious newspaper. And more than a few are completely and utterly (and wonderfully) mad, such as the missives you'll find within these pages from someone who signs himself merely as "M", and believes himself to be the head of MI6. Now, the Telegraph gives the authors of these unpublished letters the stage at last. Baffled, furious, defiant, mischievous, they inveigh and speculate on every subject under the sun, from the rubbish on television these days to the venality of our MPs, from Kate Winslet's decolletage to this country's unhealthy obsession with marmalade. All those Telegraph readers who wondered if anyone else had noticed that the lunatics had finally taken over the asylum and sat down to write to their favourite newspaper to test the waters - they need howl into the void no longer. They are not alone. /div
Author: Helen Small
Publisher: Oxford University Press on Demand
Release Date: 1998
Genre: Literary Criticism
Love's Madness focuses on the figure of the love-mad woman, presenting a significant reassessment of how nineteenth century British medical writers and novelists thought about madness, femininity, and narrative convention.
Author: Frederick Woods
Publisher: Pen and Sword
Release Date: 1992-04-02
During his long lifetime, Sir Winston Churchill wrote 50 books and more than 800 feature articles. He received the Nobel Prize for Literature in 1953. This book, by the author of "Young Winston's Wars" and "Bibliography of the Works of Sir Winston Churchill", combines literary criticism with a consideration of the writings in the context of Churchill's public life. Almost all Churchill's publications, argues Frederick Woods, were weapons written deliberately to win a battle, whether that battle was over the future of India, the fate of the freedom-loving world, the rehabilitation of renowned ancestors, or his own fluctuating reputation. In every case, Churchill strove mightily to win, and often presented his case with less than the objectivity that might be expected of one popularly considered to be a major historian.
Denis McQuail's major work in Mass Communication is another essential part of the SAGE Benchmark series. Drawing on both classic and contemporaneous sources, McQuail guides us through the central defining papers that anchor this field. Taken together, the four volumes provide access to the key debates within the field and all the main lines of research that have emerged.
Chronicling Churchill's life from his boyhood through his dismissal as First Lord of the Admiralty after the disastrous Dardanelles expedition, this biography vividly details Churchill's life and times