Books of the year 2011: Peter Wilby

Ian Botham: the Power and the Glory - Simon Wilde

 

Simon Wilde's Ian Botham: the Power and the Glory (Simon & Schuster, £20) sounds as though it might be just another sporting hagiography. But though he skilfully evokes the magic of Botham's finest hours - particularly of how he almost single-handedly won the Ashes 30 summers ago - Wilde presents a nuanced personality and spares us nothing of the hero's darker side.

Stewart Lansley's The Cost of Inequality (Gibson Square, £17.99) exposes the truth about the economic catastrophe that afflicts the western world: neoliberalism has created consumer societies in which millions are so poor that they cannot afford to consume.

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