Wes Brown

Wes Brown is the Arts & Culture editor of Politics on Toast. He is a novelist, blogger and political commentator based in Leeds. Wes is a classical liberal and aesthete, advocating intellectual and aesthetic standards in the humanities and social sciences. He is the director of Dead Ink Publications and Coordinator at the National Association of Writers in Education.
Wes Brown has written 2 posts for Politics on Toast

“Heartland” review by Wes Brown

Heartland

Heartland, Cartwright

For those of us hungry for something substantive in our contemporary fiction, Heartland, Anthony Cartwright’s second novel, elegantly crafts a deft lyrical realism that’s given shape by a tightly woven, elliptical narrative argues Wes Brown.

Like Don DeLillo’s classic Underworld – Cartwright, cubist-like, uses sport to draw together disparate strands of fragmentation:

“Beckham’s face filled the screen, filled the room. Rob had driven past the giant hoarding over the motorway a few weeks ago. He’d driven for miles, worrying about the game against the mosque and the election, worrying about his dad Continue reading

“Chavs” & “The Likes of Us” – Book review by Wes Brown

Fake Burberry and hoop earrings

Two of the most taboo subjects – class and race – are back on the agenda with two new books “Chavs: The Demonisation of the Working Class” and “The Likes of Us: A Biography of the White Working Class”. Wes Brown, novelist, blogger and political commentator, reviews this new brace of writings on white working class culture.

What do you call a chav in a suit? The accused. Two chavs in a car, no music on, who’s driving? The police. What’s the difference between a chav and a coconut? One’s thick and hairy, the other is a coconut. From salt of the earth to scum on the streets, the white working class are the minority group it’s OK to discriminate against, and, curiously, Continue reading

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