Alison Smith

Posh

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Writer Laura Wade
Duke of York's Theatre, London

Laura Wade's play Posh started life at the Royal Court Theatre in the months before the last general election. Looking back it can be seen as a warning.

This play, updated for its latest run, has lost none of its edge. It is still a poignant and humorous examination of the elite currently ruling Britain.

The Enemy of Nature

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Joel Kovel, Zed Books, £17.99

The Enemy of Nature brilliantly lays out the current ecological crisis in all of its dimensions. Kovel reveals the real "inconvenient truth" surrounding climate change: that capitalism is responsible, and the only way to solve the problem is to get rid of it. But far from focusing purely on the environment, Kovel includes in his definition of ecological breakdown the increasing class division, imperialism and poverty which, along with environmental destruction, are all intrinsic features of capitalism.

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