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Loved it, but Robert Peston only reads the first and last chapters, so if (like me) you bought the audiobook for his unique command of the English language you may be a little disappointed.
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If you only read on non-fiction book this year, then make it this one. Elegantly and touchingly opened (and closed) as a letter to his dead father, it rolls out as a incisive look at how we, in Britain, have ended up with the mess we are in. The answers may surprise some; others may be shocked; some may deny his reasoning. Whichever side of the fence you sit, it is well written, well argued and, while self-flagellating at times, fairly strident in its conclusions and very interesting suggestions of how we might fix our broken system.
It is, though possible essential reading for anyone who is wondering: 'How did we get into this mess?'. I'd go as far as to say that any every teenager approaching their GCSEs should be made to read it - not least of all so they might not make the same mistakes when they come to vote and decide how our country is run. The section of how big money funded the very clever data-crunching to inform the use of social media in the Brexit leave campaign is with the cover rice alone. Read it and weep at mass manipulation by clever people with oodles of bits of data - it does make you stop and think about how our democracy is being eroded bit by bit.
Having not previously been a fan of Peston's broadcasting voice, I was deeply disappointed that he only narrates the opening and closing. That said, Luke Thompson does a brilliant job with the bulk of the book.
It might be seen as Peston's manifesto - and fair one it is at that. Some of the ideas for solutions in final chapter would do well to be be discussed at Govt level. I am now going to listen again to take in the bits I missed. For me, it's one of the most impactful and thought-provoking books I've read this year. I think I'm becoming a Peston fan...and I've changed my mind about his voice!
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