Recently, while on my first holiday trip away in quite some time, I read a book which was in no way directly or indirectly related to my PhD thesis. The book in question was ‘If Only They Didn’t Speak English: Notes From Trump’s America,’ by Jon Sopel. Jon’s book is written in a clear and concise manner, covering a wide range of topics in relation to how we in Britain, or indeed further afield, might better understand the American context and perspective. The first chapter entitled anger, looks at how the part of America that felt left behind under Obama and indeed previous administrations might have used a vote for Trump as a form of protest. Sopel goes on to offer a clear discussion of an American perspective on Politics in general, race, religion and oh yes, that much discussed travel ban and not least, gun control. All this is done with the deployment of clear argument and timely use of humour to retain the reader’s attention. This volume, although politically based was a delight to read while recovering from being down the PhD thesis rabbit hole for so long, which incidentally I passed last August. I am now looking forward to a new job and my graduation from Aberdeen on 23rd November, 2018. No more rabbit holes for me! Here is a link to my thesis
I hear it does a very fine line in insomnia cures!!!