|Jeffrey Archer. Eww.|
He is also, regrettably, an author. Archer's latest oeuvre, Only Time Will Tell, is set in Bristol. This is why he is here, promoting himself, er, sorry, promoting reading. The Telegraph, that notorious left-wing rag, had this to say about it. "Only Time Will Tell reads like a misery memoir, albeit one written by an accomplished narcissistic fantasist with a penchant for genealogical mysteries'. If you want to know what it's about, I commend you to John Crace's Digested Read, here. I was going to post more reviews, but sadly, most of the broadsheet papers hadn't bothered. Poor, poor, Jeffrey.
I can't comment on the quality of Archer's books myself, since I've never read one, but should you wish to, you could pick most of them up on Amazon, for 1p each. Which is great, as gas is a terrible price these days, and I've been wondering how to heat the house, this winter.
|Robert Louis Stevenson. Rrrrrrr.|
Jeffrey Archer is a card-carrying Tory. The current Tory government is responsible for the largest round of library closures in recent history, thus reducing the chances of people getting their hands on actual quality literature, like Treasure Island, or The Seige, and forcing them to resort to buying Jeffrey Archer novels for 1p.
Bristol City Library, with South-West literature agency Cyprus Well, and Visit Bristol, are collaborating with Archer's Publisher, Pan MacMillan, to promote this project. All of these, with the exception of Pan, are public agencies. Bristol City Libraries is funded by the City Council, as is Visit Bristol. Cyprus Well is funded by the Arts Council. Both Bristol City Council and the Arts Council have recently implemented in an extensive array of cuts. Jeffrey Archer is a millionaire.
When I contacted Bristol Libraries to express my dismay I recieved this tweet.
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