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  • By David Twomey
    Aug 19, 2011
    It would not need to be said if David Lindsay didn't carry on with this blatant and very silly deception, but it is balatant deceit for him to pretend he is an academic. Other reviewers have explained what a college tutor at Durham means, it's got nothing to do wioth research or teaching. Only someone with no record of their own would suck this dummy pretending that it is some academic post. It isn't, it's like having a babysitting duty. Those who know Lindsay's fantasies at Durham and in comments boxes of The Specatator under his own name and the name of the made-up Martin Miller will know what to expect of this book. Long sentences with no verbs or structure, pompous statements with no evidence and above all a frightening lack of knowledge of any subject he tries to tackle. No wonder he couldn't find a publisher.
  • By Thomas Jakes
    Aug 19, 2011
    David Lindsay is obviously not an academic and it's sad and humiliating for him that he needs to continue ever more desperately with this pretence. A college tutor at Durham, as explained by the other reviewers, earns a few bob by making friends with new students. It has no academic status, no academic work is involved and anyone of any academic qualification can be one. It is baffling that anyone would put this on their CV unless they had literally nothing else to say and wanted to give a completely false impression that they were a teacher at a university. Sadly both of those things seem to be true of David Lindsay who at the age of 34 has no professional or scholarly achievement of any kind. For a fortnight or so he wrote a blog for the Daily Telegraph before the newspaper realised its terrible mistake and sacked him. The book shows why. The quality of writing is very poor and the contents are very ignorant. Lindsay's knowledge of politics is weak to the point of non-existent, as... More > The Telegraph realised very quickly and any reader of this book will too.< Less
  • By David Lindsay
    Aug 18, 2011
    It is not worth answering "Martin Molinero", whose true identity I know perfectly well, and who, as is painfully obvious, is mentally unstable. As for Alan Merritt, would he care to name the factual errors in my book? And as for my status, the University Directory calls me "Academic/management staff", which does rather seem to settle the matter, over and above the fact that I have written this book, complete with this preface author, no less. Another collection of occasional pieces will also be published in the near future. Now, any chance of talking about this book's content rather than spewing the bile of a certifiable lunatic ("Molinero") and that of a bitter old man (Merritt), the latter presumably some sort of failed academic? If "sarah josephs" really were at Durham, then she would know perfectly well that there has been no Durham University Press for several decades, so no one at all "publishes under the University's name" in... More > the sense that she seems to mean. And yes, dear, being listed as "Academic/management staff" on the University Directory is "weak evidence" of being, er, "Academic/management staff". Course it is... How much more of this do we have to endure before anyone engages with one word of this book itself? I am still waiting for Merritt to tell me what its "errors of fact" are.< Less
  • By sarah josephs
    Aug 18, 2011
    I don't know either of the previous reviewers below. But I have read the summary of the book here as I know of David Lindsay slightly as I am a Durham student (though not at Collingwood) and I have to say I also agree that it is not right to call him an academic. The university directory may well list him (and many others) as academic / management but that, frankly, is pretty weak evidence. Is he attached to a department? No. Does he take seminars or lectures? No. Does he publish under the university's name? Clearly not, as he is self publishing here. So I'm pretty skeptical right from the start. This may well be a fascinating book - I was intrigued by the title and curious to buy it. But having seen these slightly misleading claims about the author, and his pretty small minded response below, I'm less keen. Maybe I'll wait to see it in Durham Oxfam remainders bin in a few months :-) PS I think the University website puts it best. From another, er, Collingwood tutor: "My tutor... More > group consists of 10 first year students, aged 18-19, from both the UK and abroad. Collingwood provides me with a budget to organise social events each term - these might take place at college, in town, or at my home. These events allow me to catch up with the students as a group and keep an eye on how things are going. I'm also there to help and advise the students with any issues or problems on a one-to-one basis. I'm not expected to be someone who knows all the answers, but to be someone who can listen and point to the people who do. The role of a tutor is an informal, relaxed one, determined largely by the personalities of the tutees themselves. Collingwood provides training and support for tutors, along with regular socials where you can meet other tutors and exchange experiences. Many of my work colleagues are also tutors at one of Durham's colleges. You don't need to be an academic, and you don't need to have been a student here yourself"< Less
  • By Alan Merritt
    Aug 18, 2011
    This book is, perhaps unsurprisingly for anyone who has had contact with David Lindsay via his blog, a strange mixture of polemecism, paranoia, and plain errors of fact - all wrapped up in an uncomfortable mixture of over long sentences and poor syntax. Incidentally, the previous reviewer is correct in his description of the author - it is at best disingenuous and at worst plain deceitful for him to pose as an 'academic' given his position as a college tutor - a role roughly analagous to a grown up babysitter. The role involves no research and no teaching - surely two of the main prerequisites of being an academic. Rather sadly, it appears the author is suffering from delusions of grandeur. It is however unlikely that anyone who manages to reach the end of this book will share those.
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Second Edition
David Lindsay
February 20, 2012
Perfect-bound Paperback
Interior Ink
Black & white
0.66 lbs.
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5.83 wide x 8.26 tall
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