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brizzledrizzle Sat 17-Nov-18 07:55:19

I'm after book recommendations for a teen who is interested in current affairs and politics please.

I was wondering about this one as a less serious read, has anybody read it please?

www.amazon.co.uk/Patronising-Bastards-Elites-Betrayed-Britain-ebook/dp/B06XBXTXZC/ref=sr_1_1?s=digital-text&keywords=quentin+letts&tag=mumsnetforum-21&ie=UTF8&qid=1542441203&sr=1-1

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Dottierichardson Sat 17-Nov-18 16:00:43

No but you might try Naomi Klein, she's very readable, covers a wide range of areas and I know a lot of more engaged teens who've enjoyed reading her work.

brizzledrizzle Sat 17-Nov-18 17:04:30

Thank you, I'll certainly have a look.

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Sadik Sun 18-Nov-18 20:53:24

I haven't read the book you linked to, but the author is definitely on the right (and a Daily Mail columnist) - so I dont' know if that's likely to appeal to your teen.

I'm assuming your dc is an older teen with the recommendations below (maybe 15 plus? )

23 Things They Don't Tell You About Capitalism is a very good read. (Worth saying the author is south Korean and not anticapitalist - just trying to make people think a bit more.)

Prisoners of Geography is a really excellent book, and I'd definitely recommend.

brizzledrizzle Sun 18-Nov-18 21:01:13

He's read (and enjoyed) Prisoners of Geography, I'll have a look at the South Korean book - thanks.

As for the right wing one, he's always up to discuss a different perspective - he argues with Panorama at times when they don't agree -) He's left wing himself not right wing so it'd give him food for thought.

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Sadik Sun 18-Nov-18 21:07:53

TBH I'd be more inclined to suggest something a bit more serious IYKWIM for a different perspective. I suspect the Quentin Letts book will be amusing if you agree with him, but unlikely to contain serious reasoned argument (and I do definitely agree with reading from both sides). Now trying to think of some good examples... (I tend to read more economics than current affairs).

Sadik Sun 18-Nov-18 21:08:47

I want this and this for Christmas, but can't comment on them yet as haven't read them!

brizzledrizzle Sun 18-Nov-18 21:12:57

Thank you Sadik.
I've decided to pass on the Letts book.

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Sleepyhead11 Sun 16-Dec-18 20:13:32

Dp who loves politics wants WTF by Robert Peston, who is a guardian journalist/commentator. I might read it too, but prefer escapism in these frightening brexit-y days of ours.

TonTonMacoute Mon 17-Dec-18 16:21:06

I haven't read this book by Yanis Varoufakis, but i have read others of his, which are very readable.

He wrote this one for his teenage daughter, so it should be approachable.

As I agree with PPs about how important it is to read both sides, you might consider the Jordan Peterson book '12 Rules for Life'.

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