Scribble, Scribble, Scribble : Writing on Ice Cream, Obama, Churchill and My Mother, Paperback Book

Scribble, Scribble, Scribble : Writing on Ice Cream, Obama, Churchill and My Mother Paperback

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Passionate, provocative, entertaining and informative, Scribble, Scribble, Scribble ranges far and wide: from cookery and family to Barack Obama, from preaching and Shakespeare to Victorian sages, from Charlotte Rampling and Hurricane Katrina to 'The Fate of Eloquence in the Age of The Osbournes'.


  • Format: Paperback
  • Pages: 464 pages, Illustrations (chiefly col.), ports. (some col.)
  • Publisher: Vintage Publishing
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  • Category: Prose: non-fiction
  • ISBN: 9780099546658

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Good fun, sometimes informative, here and there moving. Highlights: how Churchill saved civilisation with the spoken word; defence of his TV history of Britain; comparison of UK & US on slavery abolition. Piece on Ruskin & Carlyle's style reminded me to keep them off my reading list, though it's not quite clear if Schama loves them or hates them. He's a bit in love with his own written voice: sometimes so clever and self-aware as to intrude into smooth reading. But his heart is generally in the right place and he does seem to have read everything in a vast number of fields. Surprised to find his popular culture references match mine and that he's the same age as me - thought him much younger.

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