Book recommendation: 'Lucky Jim' by Kingsley Amis

Jim Dixon has accidentally fallen into a job at one of Britain's new red brick universities. A moderately successful future in the History Department beckons. As long as Jim can survive a madrigal-singing weekend at Professor Welch's, deliver a lecture on 'Merrie England' and resist Christine, the hopelessly desirable girlfriend of Welch's awful son Bertrand.

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Book recommendation: 'Billy Budd' by Herman Melville

Melville's short stories are masterpieces. The best are to be appreciated on more than one level and those presented here are rich with symbolism and spiritual depth. Set in 1797, "Billy Budd", Foretopman exploits the tension of this period during the war between England and France to create a tale of satanic treachery, tragedy and great pathos that explores human relationships and the inherently ambiguous nature of man-made justice. Tales such as "Bartleby", "Benito Cereno", "The Lightning Rod Man", "The Tartarus of Maids or I" and "My Chimney", show the timeless poetic power of Melville's writing as he consciously uses the disguise of allegory in various ways and to various ends.

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Review of 'Law and Peace' in Daily Mail

Many thanks to Wendy Holden of the Daily Mail for the following review of my book Law and Peace, which is available from Amazon.co.uk

More slimy clerks crop up in Law & Peace, the second novel to emerge from The Guardian’s BabyBarista blog. Written from the male barrister’s perspective (again by a real-life wig-wearer), this funny, sharp account of backstabbing Bar life makes a great companion volume to Ophelia and comes highly recommended


Book recommendation: 'Legal Fictions' by A Laurence Polak

"Well-known characters from Shakespeare here appear in the modern courts. The judgments are ingenious, the parodying of the modern judicial idiom is most successful. No reviewer can do them justice - they have to be read; enjoyment and instruction are guaranteed." - Cambridge Law Journal

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Book recommendation: 'Old Filth' by Jane Gardam

‘Beautiful, vivid and defiantly funny’ The Times. ‘This novel is surely Gardam’s masterpiece. On the human level, it is one of the most moving fictions I have read for years.’ Guardian. ‘Another triumph … a magnificent, deeply moving and compassionate portrait of an era and a sentimental education. Please read it’ Daily Mail ‘Magnificent’ Sunday Times. ‘Beautifully written and strangely moving’ John Mortimer, Spectator

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Sponsored blog post: Bridge speed limit debate highlights cycle safety issues

Cycling campaigners in London have been calling on Assembly members and Mayor Boris Johnson to keep a temporary speed limit on one of London’s busiest bridges in place. A 20mph speed limit had been placed on Blackfriars Bridge whilst roadworks were carried out earlier this year. However when the limit was lifted recently, a motion was tabled with the Greater London Authority urging it, and by association the mayor, to reconsider.

The case of Blackfriars Bridge has again highlighted the conflicting opinions amongst users of the capital’s road system. One group in favour of a 20 mph speed limit, the London Cycling Campaign, told the BBC that they had been arguing for the limit to reduce road danger and air pollution in this busy area of central London. They also pointed out that Mayor of London Boris Johnson had previously declared his aspiration to turn London into a cycling city.

When question by reporters about why the 30 mph speed limit had been re-instated on the bridge, a spokesperson from the mayor of London’s office said the safety of cyclists was the mayor’s absolute priority but a 20 mph speed limit would not be of benefit when traffic level on the road were lower outside of the morning and evening rush hours. For cycling safety news and information relating to cycling injury claims, visit My Cycling Claim today.

Author: Neil Worrall