Simon Tormey

Simon Tormey reviews Whiteshift: Populism, immigration, and the future of white majorities by Eric Kaufmann

Simon Tormey
25 March 2019

In the wake of the unexpected Brexit and Trump votes in 2016, academics and commentators have been scratching their heads trying to work out what these extraordinary events represent. The More

Simon Tormey reviews 'The Rise and Fall of the British Nation: A twentieth-century history' by David Edgerton

Simon Tormey
18 December 2018
As we await the fate of the United Kingdom in its tortuous process of extricating itself from the European Union, what better time to produce a provocatively titled text purporting to trace n More

Simon Tormey reviews 'My Life, Our Times' by Gordon Brown

Simon Tormey
26 October 2018
It is a cliché to note that Gordon Brown is an enigma as far as contemporary British politics is concerned. A fundamentally decent man of high moral standing, Brown forged with Tony Blair ar More

Simon Tormey reviews ‘Adults in the room: My battle with Europe’s deep establishment’ by Yanis Varoufakis

Simon Tormey
23 July 2017

The blurb on the back of the book describes Varoufakis as ‘the most interesting man in the world’. It is a wonderful epithet and might even be true considering the interest that Varouf More

Books of the Year 2016

Sheila Fitzpatrick et al.
23 November 2016

Originally published in German, Albrecht Dümling’s The Vanished Musicians: Jewish refugees in Australia More

Simon Tormey reviews 'Comrade Corbyn' by Rosa Prince

Simon Tormey
28 October 2016

In an extraordinary year for British politics the gloriously unexpected triumph of Jeremy Corbyn in the Labour Party’s leadership election in September 2015 probably ranks ...


Simon Tormey reviews 'Chronicles: On our troubled times' by Thomas Piketty

Simon Tormey
22 July 2016

Thomas Piketty is of course the French economist who shot to fame, somewhat improbably, on the back of an 800-page tub thumper Capital in the Twenty-First Century ...


Simon Tormey reviews 'To Save Everything, Click Here' by Evgeny Morozov

Simon Tormey
29 July 2015

What are the implications of the ever-accelerating revolution in information communication technology on our lives? Is the Internet a force for good, for increased freedom and democracy? Or are we so in thrall to the prophets of Silicon Valley that we have lost sight of the perils that lie in ‘big data’, the extension of algorithms and quantification into every ... More