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5 books to buy for your politically-minded friends this Christmas


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With Christmas just around the corner, there is only one word on every politically-minded person’s lips: Brexit. If you, too, are fed up with hearing of nothing but backstops, borders and Boris, then why not distract your chief source of all things political with one, or more of the following books. 

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  1. Talking to my daughter about the economy: Yanis Varoufakis 
Written by the former Greek minister for finance, this book is an accessible insight into the workings of economics and its facility to bring about change in society. Varoufakis frames a history of Western capitalist systems via a conversation with his daughter. This work is perfect for anyone who is interested in finding out more about politics but isn’t sure r how to go about expanding their knowledge. 

  1. Women and Power: Mary Beard 
A self-titled manifesto, written by the formidable classicist, Mary Beard, Women and Power is a brief overview of the historical oppression of women. From its roots in ancient Greek literature to more contemporary examples, Beard illustrates various incidents over time which highlight the silencing of women’s voices, holding them back from obtaining public and political agency. Women and Power is a book which anyone and everyone should read, historicising the tenuous relationship between gender and authority. 

  1. Why I’m No Longer Talking to White People About Race: Reni Eddo-Lodge 
Reni Eddo-Lodge’s debut is a must for any politically minded reader. Detailing the realities of structural racism, this polemical book was released to rave reviews. Beginning as a post on Eddo-Lodge’s blog, Why I’m No Longer Talking To White People About Race has been one of the most talked about political books of the past year. Recently featured on Emma Watson’s Goodreads book-club, Our Shared Shelf, Eddo-Lodge’s treatise is a work which should take its rightful place on all bookshelves this Christmas. 

  1.  We Should All Be Feminists: Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie 
A shorter read than others on this list, Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie’s book, adapted from an incredibly successful TED talk, is an effortlessly thought-provoking essay on contemporary feminism. Adichie draws from a wealth of personal experiences to weave an argument which is both eloquent and passionate, demonstrating the struggles which so many women face on a daily basis. This book is a deeply accessible introduction to feminist writing which aims to give voice to the meaning behind the contemporary drive for equality and the challenges which it faces. We Should All Be Feministswillmake the perfect addition to any stocking this Christmas. 

  1. The Penguin Book of Brexit Cartoons
If avoiding the ‘B’ word is not on the agenda this Christmas, then why not lighten your various inevitable dinner-time squabbles with the latest edition to the Brexit library. Filled with numerous depictions of the incredibly confusing past two years, this book is guaranteed to put a smile on everyone’s face, ‘remoaners’ and ‘brexiteers’ alike. With judgement day just around the corner, this book is a celebration of the highlights and lowlights of an issue which has, for too long, dominated British politics and arguably makes an excellent gift. 


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