‘The Maybot is rebooted as strong and humble. Stumble for short.’ ‘Kim Jong-May awkward and incredulous as journalist asks question.’ ‘Supreme leader produces pure TV Valium on The One Show.’ Throughout 2017 John Crace, the Guardian’s parliamentary sketch writer, has watched Theresa May’s efforts to remain strong and stable – and, indeed, Prime Minister. He coined the term ‘Maybot’ for her malfunctioning public appearances. And now, in this edited collection of his unremittingly witty sketches, he tells the full story of Theresa May’s turbulent first year in No 10.
As waspishly hilarious as Craig Brown’s diaries in Private Eye, “I, Maybot” is essential and hysterically funny reading for anyone trying to make sense of a political annus horribilis.
If there is a braver or more morally conscientious person in Britain than “Mark Lynas”, I should be surprised. Or so I felt by the final page of “Seeds of Science: Why We Got It So Wrong on GMOs”. It is a dull title for a gripping account of how Lynas turned from a pioneering protester against genetically modified organisms to a passionate advocate of the good that, in crop form, this immensely controversial technology might achieve in terms of reducing hunger and disease “The Sunday Times”
The book begins with Lynas in a field “somewhere in eastern England” in 1999. It is 3am and “properly dark”. But there is just enough light for him to discern the targets for his machete, as it is for a dozen…
Mark Lynas is the author of four major popular science environmental books: High Tide (2004), Six Degrees (2008) and The God Species (2011), as well as the Kindle Single ebook Nuclear 2.0 (2012). Six Degrees won the 2008 Royal Society science books prize and was made into a documentary film voiced by Alec Baldwin on the National Geographic channel. Mark was climate change advisor to the President of the Maldives, former political prisoner and democracy campaigner Mohamed Nasheed, from 2009 until 2012. He has contributed extensively to global media, writing for the Guardian, New York Times, Washington Post and numerous others. He is a visiting fellow at the Alliance for Science, Cornell University, which is supported by the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation. He is famous for changing his mind about the controversial issue of GMOs.
Alzheimer’s is the great global epidemic of our time, affecting millions worldwide – there are over 850,000 people with the diagnosis in the UK alone. And its shockwaves extend far wider, through disbelieving families and friends. In 2016, it overtook heart disease as the number one cause of death in England and Wales, and as our populations age, scientists are working against the clock to find a cure.
Neuroscientist Joseph Jebelli is among them. Determined to save other families from the experiences that had rocked his, he set out to write the book that explained what happened to his grandfather. Far more than the story of a disease, “In Pursuit of Memory” zooms inside the human brain to see how Alzheimer’s works and out again to show, entwined with the history and science, a thrilling hunt for answers. Jebelli’s compelling insider’s account shows vividly why he feels so hopeful about a cure but also why our best defence in the meantime is to understand the disease. In Pursuit of Memory is the definitive book on Alzheimer’s: its past, present and future.
The number of prescriptions issued by family doctors has soared threefold in just fifteen years with millions now committed to taking a cocktail of half a dozen (or more) different pills to lower the blood pressure and sugar levels, statins, bone strengthening and cardio protective drugs. In “Too Many Pills”, doctor and writer James Le Fanu examines how this progressive medicalisation of people’s lives now poses a major threat to their health and wellbeing, responsible for a hidden epidemic of drug induced illness (muscular aches and pains, lethargy, insomnia, impaired memory and general decrepitude), a sharp increase in the number of emergency hospital admissions for serious side effects and implicated in the recently noted decline in life expectancy