Author Archives: M J Dees

About M J Dees

M J Dees lives and works in Sao Paulo, Brazil with his wife, daughter and two cats. He has written three novels, Living with Saci, The Astonishing Anniversaries of James and David, Part One, and When The Well Runs Dry. He is currently editing the fourth and writing the fifth. You can sign up for more information on his book launches at http://eepurl.com/cTnAD5 and receive a free copy of Living With Saci.

#137 Reading Another Now by Yanis Varoufakis

Imagine if Occupy and Extinction Rebellion actually won. In Another Now world-famous economist Yanis Varoufakis shows us what such a world would look like. Far from being a fantasy, he describes how it could have come about – and might yet. But … Continue reading

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#136 Reading Birdsong by Sebastian Faulks

My work in progress, ALBERT & MARIE, is not only set in World War One but one of the main characters, Albert, becomes a tunneller in the Royal Engineers. Faulks’ father was awarded the Military Cross and later became a … Continue reading

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#135 Reading Space Team by Barry Hutchison

The galaxy just called for help. Unfortunately, it dialed the wrong number. Small-time conman, Cal Carver, is having a bad day. Imprisoned and forced to share a cell with a cannibalistic serial killer, Cal thinks things can’t possibly get any … Continue reading

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#134 The Ragged Trousered Philanthropists by Robert Tressell

Robert Tressell, born Robert Noonan in Dublin, Ireland, emigrated to South Africa where he became skilled as a signwriter. In 1901, he moved back to England and lived in Hastings on which the fictional town in his novel is based. … Continue reading

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#133 Was Jesus a socialist?

The HuffPost thinks so. They say Jesus’ ideas inspired many prominent socialists and critics of capitalism including Pope Francis who has has consistently criticized the human and spiritual damage caused by global capitalism, widening inequality, and corporate sweatshops. When the … Continue reading

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#132 Getting in shape during the lockdown

Don’t get me wrong, I was already obese before the lock-down with a body mass index (BMI) of 31.8. The BMI is a convenient rule of thumb used to broadly categorise a person as underweight, normal weight, overweight, or obese based on tissue mass (muscle, fat, … Continue reading

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#131 Environmental consequences of covid-19

Much has been said about the cleanliness of Venetian canals, of Indian skies and wildlife wandering through lockdowned towns. There is little doubt that global carbon emissions have declined during the pandemic. The International Energy Agency, a policy advisory group … Continue reading

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#130 Struggling with mental health

In these unusual times, the stresses and strains of everyday life, which can seem overwhelming at the best of times,  can be amplified by the pressures of social isolation. A  pandemic raises fears for the health of oneself and others … Continue reading

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#129 Interview with Sam Fires, author of Dog Meat

The Heaps are massive junkyards containing the old world’s scrap and rubbish, which is now a valuable commodity. The heaps are protected by brainwashed children known as ‘heap sharks’ and are ruled over by “Heap Lords” with an iron fist. … Continue reading

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#128 the wider effect of George Floyd’s death

What has been happening around the world in terms of inequality and prejudice is tragic and unacceptable and has been going on for hundreds of years. It is also a shame that it requires tragedies like the death of George … Continue reading

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