An election, they suggest, is a window into the soul of the electorate. The view from that window may not be very appealing — one of the book’s epigraphs is Gore Vidal’s remark that ‘at any given moment, public opinion is a chaos of superstition, misinformation and prejudice’. But the essays offer an entertaining and superbly well-informed guide to the often mysterious workings behind electoral outcomes.
Calamity: The Many Lives of Calamity Jane
"as Karen Jones sets out dismayingly early in her book, the only things that the real-life ‘Calamity Jane’ can with confidence be said to have in common with her legend is that she wore trousers, swore like a navvy and was pissed all the time..."
— The Spectator