You Can't Read This Book: Censorship in an Age of Freedom

Our first official book selection!  This book was suggested by Jo and we agreed at the last meeting that it would comprise the topic of one of the three book sessions to run in September.  If you are interested in joining this discussion, please RSVP.


You Can't Read This Book: Censorship in an Age of Freedom, Nick Cohen

After the fall of the Berlin Wall, the collapse of Communism, and the advent of the Web which allowed for even the smallest voice to be heard, everywhere you turned you were told that we were living in an age of unparalleled freedom. You Can't Read This Book argues that this view is dangerously naive. From the revolution in Iran that wasn't, to the Great Firewall of China and the imposition of super-injunctions from the filthy rich protecting their privacy, the traditional opponents of freedom of speech - religious fanaticism, plutocratic power and dictatorial states - are thriving, and in many respects finding the world a more comfortable place in the early 21st century than they did in the late 20th.


You can purchase this book here: (also available in kindle format and cheaper from other book sellers if you click on "new" or "second hand" options)


Reminder: If you RSVP to this session and have any book suggestions for October, please post it on this page so that other attendees can have the chance to consider it in advance of this sessions.

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  • A former member
    A former member

    Hi there,

    If you have RSVP'd yes, could you please let me know if you can still make it, or if you cannot, please also let me know.



    September 14, 2012

    • Verona

      Hi, I will be there tomorrow, too, just need to read another 50 pages today

      September 15, 2012

    • A former member
      A former member

      Me too and, uh, me too! See you there :-)

      September 15, 2012

  • Victoria

    Although I can't make this one (too busy finishing The Ascent of Money for next week) this is a great place to have brunch, I have been a couple of times and love it!

    September 10, 2012

  • A former member
    A former member

    Hi Everyone, I've been thinking about venues, and was wondering if anyone had any suggestions?

    Some I found which look nice:



    Euston/St. Pancras:

    Let me know what you think? Thanks


    August 27, 2012

  • A former member
    A former member

    Hi all,

    Nice to see a few people have signed up! I also received the book this week so looking forward to reading it.

    I wanted to see if there were any suggestions for good, quiet, centrally-located venues that do good food (not a big ask, surely?) I really liked the look of the one Polly suggested but they do not open on a Sunday so if anyone has any ideas, let me know.

    I know of a great pub in Stratford which doesn great food and is quiet, although a bit run down. With the Olympics, there are now good transport links into Stratford but it may be a bit out of your way. What do you think?

    Any suggestions welcome!



    August 14, 2012

  • Jessie H.

    Some book suggestions for the October meeting,
    The Ascent of Money by Niall Ferguson
    Getting our way by Christopher Meyer
    Emotional intelligence by Daniel Goleman
    Globalization and it's discontents by Joseph Stiglitz
    Loot inside the world of stolen art by Thomas Mcshane with Dary Matera
    On royalty Jeremy Paxman

    August 12, 2012

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  • Verona
  • A former member
  • A former member

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