Tom Fitzpatrick

Konstantin

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Tom Bullough

Reading Konstantin for Socialist Review I was reminded of the scene in Notting Hill where Hugh Grant accidentally reviews Julia Roberts's new film for Horse & Hound magazine: "Ah, it's a sci-fi movie set in space, but are there any horses? What about hounds?" Konstantin was a thoroughly enjoyable read, well written and informative about an underappreciated historical figure, but what about Russia? What about socialism?

The Politics of Down Syndrome

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Kieron Smith

In 2010 Kieron and Sharon Smith went to see the comedian Frankie Boyle, who proceeded to reel out a series of jokes mocking people with Down syndrome. As parents of a daughter with Down syndrome they became the centre of a media storm following a blogpost that Sharon wrote after the gig.

Though it was this incident that prompted the book, what follows is a thought-provoking and enlightening portrayal of the poor treatment that people with Down syndrome receive in Britain today.

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