Your General Election 2017 Reading List
Well, that was a bit of a shock, wasn't it? To help you make sense of what might seem like an unstable and unpredictable post-Brexit, post-Truth etc etc political climate, we've put together a list of books to help you get through the coming months.
1. The Daily Stoic by Ryan Holiday
Pearls of wisdom from the ancient art of stoicism will aid you in staying strong through the tweets, dinner party conversations and (shudder) TV debates.
Here's one you could start channelling now:
“Keep this thought handy when you feel a fit of rage coming on—it isn’t manly* to be enraged. Rather, gentleness and civility are more human, and therefore manlier. A real man doesn’t give way to anger and discontent, and such a person has strength, courage, and endurance— unlike the angry and complaining. The nearer a man comes to a calm mind, the closer he is to strength.”
— Marcus Aurelius, Meditations, 11.18.5b
*or befitting of any gender; please apply rule to all mentions of 'man'
2. The Decision Book by Mikael Krogerus and Roman Tschappeler
Not sure who you're going to vote for? Krogerus and Tschappeler are here to help out with their bestselling book that contains fifty key models for decision making.
It can also help you decide which country to move to to escape this nonsense.
3. The Perfect Bet by Adam Kucharski
Make the most of the general election by placing a bet, then something good might actually come of it.
Ensure you put your money in the best-informed place by taking advice from Adam Kucharski's mathematical guide to gambling before you head to the bookies.
4. Scorn by Matthew Parris
Matthew Parris's collection of witty and wicket insults will be of unending use in the coming months. Here's a few to get you started:
They are nothing else but a load of kippers – two-faced, with no guts.
- Eric Heffer on the Conservative Government
He is undoubtedly living proof that a pig’s bladder on a stick can be elected as a member of parliament.
- Tony Banks on fellow MP Terry Dicks
A horrible voice, bad breath and a vulgar manner – the characteristics of a popular politician.
5. The Book of Human Emotions by Tiffany Watt-Smith
This'll be handy to put a name to it when the election campaigns leave you feeling brabant (inclined to see how far you can push someone), liget (a furious desire to act and avenge, and so wrest back some control) or definitely NOT pronoia (a strange, creeping feeling that everyone’s out to help you).
6. Politics by David Runciman
You know who you're going to vote for. You think you know who might win. You have a sense of why, given the current climate.
But how did we get here? How do elections work, and how did we get to run them this way? Go back to basics with David Runciman's lively and digestible short introduction to the beast that is politics.
7. Keeping On Keeping On by Alan Bennett
8 May, 2015. A feeling of bereavement in the streets. I shop for supper and unprompted a grey-haired woman in the fish shop bursts out, ‘It means I shall have a Tory government for the rest of my life.’
Take a strange sort of comfort in Alan's unique brand of political comment in his latest collection of diary entries.
8. Being a Beast by Charles Foster
F*ck it. Let's run away to the countryside and live as animals do, free from the constraints of Western politics and clothing.
Actually, vote first, then run. The animals will like you better for it.