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‘I’m blessed. I’m still here’: ex-MP Patrick Duffy, 103, publishes memoirs | Politics past

‘I’m blessed. I’m still here’: ex-MP Patrick Duffy, 103, publishes memoirs | Politics past

[ad_1] The period after the general strike of 1926 was a desperate time for Britain’s mining communities. Faced with increased hours but slashed wages, the miners had walked out, and many stayed on strike for six months until, without pay and often in terrible need, they were forced to back down. To a five-year-old Patrick Duffy, however, whose father, James, had moved from the west of Ireland to work in coalmines in Wigan and then Doncaster, those were thrilling days – and 98 years on, he can still clearly recall snippets of them. “I still remember the early crowded meetings in the miners’ welfare hall, when the Conservative candidate never got a hearing,” Duffy says. “He took a seat on the platform, but once he began to speak, he was drowned out. And we thought that was triumphant. Silly, of course, but very exciting. “I was already then very political. Yes, I was a political animal from when I was five.” Over a long and immensely eventful life, Duffy would go on to become a …

Best books to help soothe grief and loss from memoirs to manuals 2024

Best books to help soothe grief and loss from memoirs to manuals 2024

[ad_1] As the senior Rabbi of one of the largest synagogues in the world, Leder has sat beside thousands of death beds, and officiated at their funerals. For years, he offered words of comfort to those facing death, or in the throes of grief, yet he notes how unprepared he was for the death of his father. It was only in the wake of this loss, that he could truly consider the realities of death. As the author of three other books, all offering spiritual guidance, this is Leder’s most personal as he talks about his experiences of death, and grief, from his work alongside what he learned losing his father. With advice for those in grief and those looking to support those grieving, Leder blends the spiritual with the practical, with advice on what to do with the belongings of the person left behind, and how to organise a funeral that truly celebrates the person you loved. But alongside this are more philosophical musings, with the common thread discussing how “people do not really …

Sacha Baron Cohen Passages to Be Redacted From Rebel Wilson’s Memoir in UK

Sacha Baron Cohen Passages to Be Redacted From Rebel Wilson’s Memoir in UK

[ad_1] When Rebel Wilson’s bombshell memoir drops in the United Kingdom today, allegations of inappropriate behavior by her onetime costar Sacha Baron Cohen won’t be in it. Rebel Rising was released by Simon & Schuster in the United States earlier this month, but her publisher in the UK has opted to redact sections of a chapter titled “Sacha Baron Cohen and Other Assholes,” a spokesperson for HarperCollins confirmed to The New York Times. “We are publishing every page, but for legal reasons, in the UK edition, we are redacting most of one page with some other small redactions and an explanatory note,” the statement said. “Those sections are a very small part of a much bigger story.” According to The Guardian, Wilson writes in the UK edition that the passages “can’t be printed here due to peculiarities of the law in England and Wales.” In a statement to Vanity Fair, a spokesperson for Baron Cohen lauded HarperCollins’ choice to redact the claims from UK editions. “HarperCollins did not fact-check this chapter in the book prior …

The uncompromising memoirs of a German political heavyweight

The uncompromising memoirs of a German political heavyweight

[ad_1] LETTER FROM BERLIN Wolfgang Schäuble, then German Federal Finance Minister, at a G20 conference in Frankfurt am Main, Germany, March 16, 2017. DANIEL ROLAND / AFP For fans of German politics, 2024 is shaping up to be a newsworthy year, with the publication of the memoirs of two major figures from recent decades: Angela Merkel and Wolfgang Schäuble. Merkel’s book won’t be published until the fall. Schäuble’s memoirs, however, has just been published, under the title Erinnerungen: Mein Leben in der Politik (“Memories: My Life in Politics,” Klett-Cotta, 656 pages, €38). Schäuble, who died on December 26, 2023, at the age of 81, had an exceptional career. It had a lengthy duration: He was first elected as a member of parliament in 1972 and sat in the Bundestag for 51 years, breaking records. He held key ministerial positions at critical moments, serving as minister of the interior during German reunification and minister of finance during the eurozone crisis. Read more Subscribers only Wolfgang Schäuble, major political figure and architect of German reunification, dies And …

Liz Truss’s book Ten Years To Save The West in breach of rules in place on minister’s memoirs | Politics News

Liz Truss’s book Ten Years To Save The West in breach of rules in place on minister’s memoirs | Politics News

[ad_1] Liz Truss’s memoir broke the rules in place for ministers publishing works about their time in office. The former prime minister’s book, Ten Years To Save The West, came out earlier this week and tells of her time as the UK shortest-serving leader. This includes how her government was run, and details of her conversation with the late Queen Elizabeth II. Politics latest: ‘Big questions’ for Sunak over claims against Tory MP While Ms Truss submitted the book to civil servants in the Cabinet Office for review, a final sign-off was not sought before publication. A spokesperson for the Cabinet Office said: “This book was submitted to the Cabinet Office for review. While we would not publicise the details of any discussions, we did not agree to the final wording. So the author is in breach of the Radcliffe Rules.” The Radcliffe Rules, introduced in the wake of the publication in the 1970s of the diaries of Richard Crossman’s time in cabinet, prohibit the publication of content which is damaging or destructive to national …

The 50 best Hollywood books of all time: novels, memoirs and more

The 50 best Hollywood books of all time: novels, memoirs and more

[ad_1] It’s been said that Hollywood is more an idea than a place, and no task punctuates the notion quite like asking people to choose the best Hollywood book of all time: “What do you mean,” they inevitably ask, “by ‘Hollywood’?” The list that follows, compiled from a survey of experts in the worlds of publishing and entertainment and written by regular contributors to The Times’ film and books coverage, answers that question more astutely than I ever could. In fiction and non-, across genres and decades, these 50 titles compare Hollywood to an assembly line, a criminal enterprise, a high-seas expedition and much, much more — a penchant for shape-shifting that might explain its hold on the cultural imagination. Yet any entity that can simultaneously be described as an industry, a society, even a style, is liable to collect more detractors than it would had it remained simply a real estate development, and if there’s a through-line in the great Hollywood books it is the conviction that creating magic must come at a cost. …

11 of the Best Memoirs by Transgender and Nonbinary Authors

11 of the Best Memoirs by Transgender and Nonbinary Authors

[ad_1] This content contains affiliate links. When you buy through these links, we may earn an affiliate commission. CJ Connor is a cozy mystery and romance writer whose main goal in life is to make their dog proud. They are a Pitch Wars alumnus and an Author Mentor Match R9 mentor. Their debut mystery novel BOARD TO DEATH is forthcoming from Kensington Books. Twitter: @cjconnorwrites | cjconnorwrites.com View All posts by CJ Connor March 31 is Transgender Day of Visibility, an observance that celebrates trans and nonbinary joy while raising awareness for the discrimination many face in daily life. Memoirs by transgender authors offer a window for trans readers into experiences that mirror their own. They’re vital for feeling understood and less alone. They also offer cisgender readers a more informed perspective on trans issues and can be a catalyst for greater compassion. Not sure where to start? Here are 11 of the best memoirs written by trans and nonbinary authors. These books explore gender identity and self-actualization alongside topics like parenthood, career achievements, spiritual …

Eating in the Club- Cookbooks and Foodie Memoirs for Your Book Club

Eating in the Club- Cookbooks and Foodie Memoirs for Your Book Club

[ad_1] This content contains affiliate links. When you buy through these links, we may earn an affiliate commission. Erica Ezeifedi, Associate Editor, is a transplant from Nashville, TN that has settled in the North East. In addition to being a writer, she has worked as a victim advocate and in public libraries, where she has focused on creating safe spaces for queer teens, mentorship, and providing test prep instruction free to students. Outside of work, much of her free time is spent looking for her next great read and planning her next snack. Find her on Twitter at @Erica_Eze_. View All posts by Erica Ezeifedi With the focus on food and drink that bookclubs — and by extension, this newsletter — I thought it’d be cool for a book club to have a session (or two) that focused on foodie memoirs, or just cookbooks. Food is such a big part of culture, and I think making recipes from the book a book club is reading is a way to engage with the reading in …

The Spiky, Unsentimental Visions of Diana Athill

The Spiky, Unsentimental Visions of Diana Athill

[ad_1] One of American fiction’s core preoccupations, these days, seems to be the question of what causes unhappiness. Many of our major writers are earnest anatomists of discontent and its social, psychological, and existential causes. This kind of fiction can be very powerful. Reading about loneliness when you’re lonely can provide both diagnosis and solace; encountering a character trapped by student debt or patriarchal expectation can inspire a sense of camaraderie in a reader facing similar frustrations. But more often than not, contemporary novelists handle their subject matter with immersive seriousness and sincerity—and sincerity, after a while, gets tiring. Misery may love company, but sometimes a miserable person wants cheering up too. If you’re looking to make a little light of sadness, as I have been, the work of Diana Athill might be the perfect place to turn. The legendary writer and editor is one of a loose cadre of 20th-century English and Irish women authors gaining resurgent attention for their brilliantly drawn characters and sharply witty prose; others in this camp include Penelope Fitzgerald, …