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Monthly Archives: November 2016

  • Brand New Book from Ultramarathon Runner Ira Rainey

    Tangent Books is delighted to announce that we're publishing the second book by award-winning author Ira Rainey!

    Ira's previous book Fat Man to Green Man: From Unfit to Ultramarathon told the tale of his transformation from unfit forty-something to super fit ultrarunner.

    Fat Man to Green Man: Unfit to Ultramarathon

    "Far from being an elite athlete with superhuman running abilities like the ones he read about in books, Ira Rainey was an overweight and unfit slacker who felt a bit sorry for himself because he had sore feet. That was until a friend was diagnosed with terminal cancer and given months to live. It was to be an event that would push Ira to tackle his apathy towards life and take on the challenge of becoming an ultramarathon runner, pushing himself to go further than he had ever gone before."

    His latest book Still Not Bionic: Adventures in Unremarkable Ultrarunning, focuses on the mental aspect of ultrarunning. It is an honest and moving look at how important mental state, support, and friendship are, not just to running long distances, but to life and happiness as a whole.

    Still Not Bionic: Adventures in Unremarkable Ultrarunning by Ira Rainey

    Still Not Bionic has been nominated for The 2017 Running Award, if you like what you read vote for Still Not Bionic here!

    You can pre-order your copy now, and it'll arrive before Christmas!

  • Radiohead and Glastonbury Festival Myths and Legends

    Is it too early to begin talking about Glastonbury Festival 2017? The tickets have sold out, so why not let the rumours begin? As soon as one festival ends, the headline conversations begin regarding who will take the top slot the following year.

    Such speculation has given rise to the many myths and legends that accompanied Glastonbury since its inception in 1970 .

    Bristol-based freelance writer, editor and lecturer, Marc Leverton, a seasoned festival-goer and rumour-gatherer, has collected some of the more preposterous tales from over the years in his Tangent publication, Glastonbury Festival Myths and Legends The tales include the time that the press tent rushed en masse to witness the Wu Tang Clan perform with Morrissey (they didn’t9781906477868), or when Suzanne Vega wore a bulletproof vest in defiance of a death threat.

    Radiohead having been confirmed as the first Glastonbury 2017 headliner may seem uncontroversial, but this scenario hasn’t always been the case. For example, in Myths & Legends, Marc tells of the time that New Order were favoured over hippy legends, Hawkwind. Displeased with the choice of headline act, a group of bikers decided to ride through the audience to the front of the stage and revved their bikes throughout the terrified Mancunian’s entire set.

    From the organised chaos that is Shangri-La and the travellers field that preceded it, to the weird and wonderful riders of the festivals headliners, Marc covers the rumours that have circulated over the decades such as the one about the guy who parachuted into the festival… or did he?

    Emily Eavis has been quoted stating that “90% of the acts have been booked, with two years’ worth of music crammed into one to make up for 2018’s fallow year”. So with Radiohead confirmed as the headline act for the Friday night, who will take the Saturday and Sunday slots? Here’s the NME’s predictions for some the possible contenders:

    • Guns N’ Roses 4/6
    • Kasabian 6/4
    • The Stone Roses 4/1
    • Ed Sheeran 4/1
    • Foo Fighters 5/4
    • Rhianna 6/1
    • Lady Gaga 16/1
    • Gorillaz 9/1
    • Daft Punk 9/1

    David Williams

    David is currently a full-time student at UWE studying English with Writing. He's using his time here to help create blog posts of interest to discerning punters, as well as honing his writing skills. Not sure what the future holds, so long as it involves words.


  • Bristol MP is Unsettled by Homelessness Bill

    When Bristol West MP Thangham Debbonaire recently made an impassioned speech during the second reading of the Homelessness Reduction Bill, she reminded the House of Commons that homelessness is about real people, not just numbers.

    ‘Underneath the numbers, every one is an individual in an impossible situation, a person, cold and frightened, who has been let down or got into a mess and does not know how to get out,’ said Debbonaire during her attack on government policy which she claims has led to a sharp rise in homelessness.

    The speech reminded us of Graham Walker’s book Unsettled which Tangent published almost 10 years ago. It’s one of the most revealing insights into homelessness that most readers will ever experience.

    Unsettled, a book on homelessness by Big Issue seller Graham Walker Unsettled: In a Hole, Climbed a Mountain by Graham Walker.

    Graham has been homeless most of his adult life. His story is a journey from the very bottom to self-accomplished heights. Unsettled is a powerful book that will have the reader laughing and crying in equal measure and ultimately begs the questions; what is a home and what does it mean to be homeless? Does living in temporary housing indicate that that person is homeless? Does being in danger of losing your home classify as being pre-homeless? Or do the bailiffs need to have already visited?

    As is often said; you’re only ever three payslips away from being homeless in today’s climate. So with everyone on the precipice of homelessness, it’s important to remember that it could happen to any of us.

    Most people who are concerned about the homeless (including Thangham Debbonaire) would consider themselves to be sympathetic to rough sleepers. But Graham makes the point that we all stereotype homeless people, particularly when we see a figure huddled in a sleeping bag in a shop doorway.

    We probably see a drug user or someone with addiction and mental health problems, we don’t see a mother, a father, a son or daughter or someone with a sharp sense of humour or a particular talent for drawing, writing, or perhaps cooking.

    Unsettled is an entertaining and educational book and it’s also a very moving story. Graham’s experiences as a homeless person and Big Issue seller make a real impact on the way in which people think about homelessness, particularly young people.

    Here’s what one Primary School pupil from Newton Abbot said about Unsettled after Graham visited his school to give a talk: “Thank you for showing us not to take the piss out of homeless people and we now realise that homeless people are there for a reason and not just there because they want to lounge around, be lazy and claim on benefits…”

    Unsettled - book written by homeless author Graham Walker Comments in a letter by a primary school pupil

    David Williams

    David is currently a full-time student at UWE studying English with Writing. He's using his time here to help create blog posts of interest to discerning punters, as well as honing his writing skills. Not sure what the future holds, so long as it involves words.

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