American growth

Back from a trip to New York to find this proof copy awaiting me – excellent!

Forthcoming in January from Robert Gordon

Forthcoming in January from Robert Gordon

On the flight I read [amazon_link id=”1408831635″ target=”_blank” ]The Valley[/amazon_link] by Richard Benson, a wonderfully written and evocative slice of Northern working class live over the past century. It’s an account of his family, set in the south Yorkshire coalfields. It does not romanticise that context at all – people who are from a working class family never make that mistake – but the book is all the more powerful for it. Highly recommended and absorbing enough to make the 6 hour flight pass quickly.

[amazon_image id=”1408831635″ link=”true” target=”_blank” size=”medium” ]The Valley: A Hundred Years in the Life of a Yorkshire Family[/amazon_image]

Tomorrow – drum roll – I’m going to announce the winner of this year’s Enlightened Economist Prize.