Alex Miller

The Declarations of Havana
By Fidel Castro, with an introduction by Tariq Ali
Verso, 2008
138 pages, $26.95 (pb)
Exit Music
By Ian Rankin
Orion, 2007
460 pages, $26.95 (pb)
Blair Unbound
By Anthony Seldon (with Peter Snowdon & Daniel Collings)
Simon & Schuster, 2008
669 pages, Paperback $29.95
Granny Albyn’s Complaint
By David Betteridge
Smokestack Books, 2008
65 pages, £7.95
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Hold Everything Dear: Dispatches on Survival & Resistance
By John Berger
Verso, 2008
142 pages, $26 (pb)
Engels: A Revolutionary Life By John Green Artery Publications, 2008 347 pages, £10 (pb) Available from Most people know that Friedrich Engels (1820-1895) was the lifelong friend and collaborator of Karl
Following disastrous performances in the English local council elections and the Crewe and Nantwich by-election in May, the ruling Labour Party suffered more humiliation at the hands of the electorate in the June 26 by-election in Henley-on-Thames.
On June 11, British Prime Minister Gordon Brown’s proposals to extend the time that police are allowed to detain “terrorist suspects” without charge narrowly scraped through a vote in the House of Commons. The MP vote was 315 to 306 to back Brown’s proposal to extend the limit on detention without charge from 28 to 42 days.
The New Labour government headed by PM Gordon Brown sank deeper into crisis after it lost the Crewe and Nantwich by-election — occasioned by the death of the sitting MP Gwyneth Dunwoody — to the Conservatives on May 22.
Shostakovich: A Life
By Laurel E. Fay
Oxford University Press, 2005
458 pages, $47.95 (pb)
In the May 1 local council elections in England and Wales, the ruling Labour Party, led by Prime Minister Gordon Brown, suffered its worst election defeat in 40 years.
The Seventh Well
By Fred Wander, translated from the German by Michael Hoffman
WW Norton & Co, 2008
160 pages, $37.95 (hb)