Pulling the ladder up after them

  • November 11, 2010 11:13
  • Katy Scholes

Wednesday 10 November 2011 was a cold, grey day in London but, seeing as that isn’t anything new, we’ll assume that day will be remembered in history for the sounds travelling through the brisk air: the marching of feet, the roaring of police helicopters and the tapping of keypads and keyboards frantically tweeting. London was witness to a protest march of thousands against the government’s plans to raise tuition fees for university education.

Not to say I told you so, but our very own Nostradamus, Francis Beckett, did kind of predict such policies by studying the patterns in governmental spending over the last few decades. Not only that, but he probably saw them first. So, neerrrrr.

In his book What Did The Baby Boomers Ever Do For Us? Mystic Francis (doesn’t quite have the same ring to it, I know) discusses the way in which the baby boomer generation are reversing the welfare state from which they have benefited most.

“Most capital expenditure for education and health no longer comes from the present-day taxpayer, but from the next generation, because the baby boomers have been too stingy to pay for the welfare state. This trick is done by means of the Private Finance Initiative (PFI) and Public Private Partnerships (PPPs), which are scams for getting the cost of public buildings like schools and hospitals off the present government’s books, and placing them on the books of governments ten or twenty years hence.”

His arguments stretch beyond education to all aspects of politics, arguing that the children of the 1960s have betrayed the generations that came before and after, and maybe reading Francis will help in predicting further angry protests. He is, after all, the new Professor Trelawney (some character in Harry Potter who can see the future... we ran out of psychics).

Get your copy of Francis Beckett’s What Did The Baby Boomers Ever Do For Us? here for £12.99

NOTE: We at Biteback hope that the protest will be remembered for these brilliant placards...
1. I thought I was going to Alton Towers
2. This s**t wouldn’t happen at Hogwarts
3. I wish my boyfriend was as dirty as your policy
4. Kiss my arts
5. Is this the queue for Justin Bieber tickets?

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Since you asked...

  • November 10, 2010 15:13
  • Katy Scholes

Wonderful news! Not by popular demand but because we have mindblowing foresight - we are making all of our titles available as e-books.

I tell you this because we've had a few people approach us recently asking whether we'll be following the trend. Which of course we will. We've been discussing a strategy on e-books for a while and not at all belatedly have decided that the only strategy is all in. That makes it sound like my intimidating-come-stupid Texas Hold 'Em bluff - but we're deadly serious.

In fact, we're so serious that the first of our e-books - the eagerly anticipated 22 Days in May and 5 Days to Power - will be available on the day of their publication, 22 November.

We'll be sure to keep you updated on any newly published e-books. But for the time being, rest-assured, they're on the way...

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Reeeeading you is easy 'cause you're beautiful

  • November 10, 2010 13:02
  • Katy Scholes

I think, if we said “Margaret Thatcher has arrived” without any prior context you may think we were about thirty years too late in our assessment. For us though, it makes perfect sense, because we have been waiting for this momentous day for some time.

Margaret Thatcher: In Her Own Words has arrived into the Biteback offices.

Edited by Big Cheese, this extensive volume is a collection of Margaret Thatcher’s greatest and most famous speeches, alongside some of her most memorable quotes and the best of her interviews.

She transformed Britain, with her legacy and influence still visible today, and this book brilliantly catalogues the defining moments of her political career right on time for that fateful anniversary – 20 years since the Lady’s fall from power.

Now, we know you should never judge a book by its cover, but we do and we know you do too, so we made this book rather, shall we say, sexy? Perhaps ‘aesthetically-pleasing’ would be more appropriate, but we'll stick by our 'sexy' guns. Thank you Christopher Hitchens for this and for “she had the most beautiful skin I had ever seen on a woman”.

And, if it’s possible, it’s even better inside than it is on the outside.

Margaret Thatcher In Her Own Words is published on the 11th November and is available now to pre-order here in paperback format, priced £12.99 and here as a 3 disc audio CD, priced £19.99.

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Defending the attack

  • November 09, 2010 16:06
  • Katy Scholes

Today the pages of international newspapers are rustling with reports and interviews with the previous US President, George W. Bush, whose autobiography, Decision Points, is out today.

In an interview about the book, Bush defends a variety of decisions that have defined his presidency: the use of waterboarding and other forms of torture both in and out of Guantanamo Bay, his handling of hurricane Katrina and, most significantly, his decision to go to war with Iraq.

Both George W. Bush and Tony Blair, whose autobiography A Journey was released earlier this year, state in their respective books that they still believe they each made the right decision with regards to War in Iraq.

However, Brian Jones, former head of the UK Defence Intelligence Staff’s nuclear, biological and chemical section, believes differently.

In his book, Failing Intelligence, Jones calls on his own experience and knowledge, as well as a variety of leaked documents and expert testimonies given to a series of inquiries - including Chilcot - to examine how and why Tony Blair and George W. Bush deceived their legislatures into believing Iraq was a nuclear threat.

His fascinating book looks behind the political rhetoric to give the unvarnished story of two leaders and the decisions that would change the world.

For the other side of the story, buy Failing Intelligence here for just £9.99

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"From a bike to a Bentley"

  • November 09, 2010 11:28
  • Katy Scholes

The story of Wayne Rooney will fascinate for years to come, people love a rags to riches tale.

Last night, author of Rooney's Gold - John Sweeney - spoke at length on Radio 5Live with Mark Chapman and co. about Wayne Rooney and his roots. When talking about Croxteth - a rough town just outside Liverpool and hometown of Wayne Rooney - John said he'd rather revisit Baghdad than 'Croxie'. Ian McGarry led the investigation on a tour of Rooney's old town, meeting people and trying to get to the heart of the place.

Former footballer and pundit Steve Claridge, and Frank Lampard also gave their thoughts on the striker and his progression in the game, Lampard in particular noting his "genius" touch and wicked sense of humour.

The show last night is about an hour long and it really does make for excellent listening. Lots of guest speakers, on location action (albeit pre-recorded) and all for one man. John Sweeney hits the nail on the head - one thing's for sure - 'we like our lions rough, not smooth'.

The show, Who Is the Real Wayne Rooney?, can be streamed or downloaded here.

Get the full story and buy Rooney's Gold now, priced £18.99

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