It will not have escaped the notice of British readers of this blog (about half the total) that it is still raining; and if you’ve looked at a long-range weather forecast with a sense of mild desperation, that it will continue raining for the rest of May. The only possible reaction is to curl up under a blanket or duvet with a book or several. Luckily, my ‘just read’ pile of books is outweighed by the ‘in pile’.here, , by Michael Symmons Roberts and Paul Farley.
Meanwhile, over at the FT, there is an analysis of the e-books market and publishing, and some enticing reviews. I very much want to read E.O.Wilson’s, reviewed here. (It was the economist Alan Kirman who first got me very interested in ants thanks to his classic QJE article, Ants, Rationality and Recruitment.)
Ferdinand Mount’salso looks like an excellent, angry-making book about the way a business elite has creamed off for itself so much of the productivity growth of the past couple of decades via their bonus scam. Thank goodness it seems to be the beginning of the end for that. The Telegraph has an article on the woman behind the institutional investors’ revolt, Michelle Edkins of Black Rock.