Politics and Books ….

…..just can’t be separated, as shown clearly by Allan Ahlberg’s stand last week. Booktrust, the feel good children’s book charity, have sidled up to Amazon, the big business book leviathan. Or perhaps Amazon was the one doing the spidery come-hither, a bit difficult if you’re a leviathan.

Ahlberg objects to tax avoidance.

But it’s hellishly difficult to avoid Amazon. Many small internet booksellers are linked to Amazon as Amazon Associates. I fear I surreptitiously support Amazon by posting my book reviews on Goodreads. So if you read one of my reviews and want to buy the book please try to source it elsewhere and save my conscience. You could try hive.

I’m pleased to be able to say that Allan Ahlberg grew up in Oldbury, next to Smethwick, the centre of the universe, or at least the cradle of the industrial revolution (one of them). He has probably stood shivering in the shallow end at the magnificent Rolfe Street Baths, now available to be admired at The Black Country Living Museum.

imageHe has written an autobiography. I’ve not read it. However, ‘Each Peach Pear Plum’ has been a mainstay of my career, and I think I may have gleaned some biographical background from the wonderful ‘Peepo’. Both books are illustrated with humour and delicious detail by Janet Ahlberg.

In honour of Ahlberg’s principles I will read and review his autobiography, not sourcing it from Amazon, as well as ‘Each Peach Pear Plum’ and ‘Peepo’. I might try getting hold of them via the trusty Sandwell Library Service. His autobiography is called  ‘The Bucket, Memories of an Inattentive Childhood’. Watch this space …..

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7 thoughts on “Politics and Books ….

  1. Agh – I am guilty of buying books from amazon! I will try the site you mention. And am also a huge Ahlberg fan though I think my favourite is the nearly-wordless ‘The Baby’s Catalogue’ – a big part of my childhood! Looking forward to reading more of your words, Ruthi56, and more reviews on goodreads. Have just started ‘The Goldfinch’… Lots of love xxxx

    • Yes, I’m fond of that one too. Glad you enjoyed the blog, iwillhavepoetryinmylife, and hope that the poetry keeps coming. Thanks for your comment.

  2. Do you really need to read Each Peach Pear Plum again? Even I know it by heart ‘Each peach pear plum I spy Tom Thumb. Tom Thumb in the cupboard. I spy Mother Hubbard. Mother Hubbard on the stairs. I spy The Three Bears….
    Happy reading, will be interested to hear about the auto biography.

    PS how have you managed four comments that aren’t spam in he first week of your blog?!

    • Haha, yes I know it off by heart, too. Maybe, I’ll review it while waiting for ‘The Bucket’. Meanwhile I have finished other books, so might review them first – before I forget them!

  3. Pingback: A Bucketful of Memories | ruthi56

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