A Journey from Memoir to Wet Wipes
Jenny Diski · What to do with Blair's memoirs
I've always had trouble with cataloguing books. In Ireland I came across a bookshop that had a wall of fiction divided into two. They were labelled: Novels by Men and Novels by Women. I left weeping. I'm in two minds about Daunt Books' method of geographic cataloguing. Graham Greene and Joseph Conrad all over the shop, though Dostoevsky safely under Russia.
I have no ambivalence at all about a new movement to re-categorise one particular book, on a national, and ideally international scale. Act now and sign up for the Facebook Group not-so-snappily entitled Subversively Move Tony Blair's memoirs to the crime section in book shops. There are coming up for 10,000 members so far. For this alone the internet and Facebook must be considered a good thing. There are other creative options. Fiction, obviously, Fantasy and Fairy Tales. But you are not just confined to book sections. Someone moved A Journey in Tesco to the Wet Wipes section. In Asda it's to be found among the Cat Litter. And there's a suggestion that perhaps the meat counter is the most appropriate place. Go to it.
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