Oh what a night! Twitter brings 1,000 worth of orders to empty bookshop

Petersfield Bookshop had no customers for first time in 100-year history until a sad tweet attracted 1,100 new followers An independent bookshop that failed to sell a single book on a rainy day this week has been inundated with customers after publishing pictures of its empty aisles on social media. the bookshop which specialises in antiquarian publications, maps and secondhand books experienced a particularly miserable Tuesday. Robert Sansom, who has worked at the shop for 13 years, hammered out the gloomy tweet. Petersfield Bookshop (@The_PBS) …Tumbleweed… Not a single book sold today… 0.00… We think think this maybe the first time ever… We know its miserable out but if you’d like to help us out please find our Abebooks offering …

Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker review a thrilling, fun-filled, light-speed finale

Flying stormtroopers, lightsaber duels and a resurrected evil lord the hugely entertaining final episode in the nine-film saga brims with euphoric energy So the ninth and last (we think) movie in the Adam Driver), and Rey (The Last Jedi, around which critical consensus has gathered. (In this trilogy of trilogies, incidentally, it is the second film in each trio The Empire Strikes Back, Attack of the Clones and The Last Jedi that has been the strongest episode, though Clones did not have much competition.) There is, I admit, some excessive MacGuffinism (the use of arbitrary objects to drive the story), especially when everyone conceives a great desire to get hold of a supernaturally potent glass tetrahedron, which is then smashed …

Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker fan review with spoilers: ‘The thrill is tangible’

The story isnt perfect, the reanimated Leia is weird and the Emperor is a pantomime villain but who cares when youre skipping along at lightspeed? About 40 minutes into Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker theres a little switcheroo where you think that Chewbacca has died. And I believed it. I mean, its the last of the sequel-trilogy, the last of this particular nine-film story arc, and important characters have died already. But Chewie? Could they really kill Chewie? No, thank the Maker, they (by they we mean JJ Abrams, co-screenwriter Chris Terrio and Luscasfilm president Kathleen Kennedy) did not. In fact, its only one more scene (maybe two, keep in mind I was seeing white hot when I thought …

Michael Lewis: Dont bet against the US. It has an incredible capacity for self-reinvention

The author of The Big Short on Trumps war on experts and why it would take a pandemic to remind Americans of the importance of good governance The Big Short Lewis brought to life the extraordinary black comedy of those who had made fortunes betting on the global financial crash. The Fifth Risk: Undoing Democracy, applies his insiders eye to unsung heroes of government administration, in light of the reckless dismantling of the US civil service under Trump. Lewis defines the fifth risk to civilisation alongside more visible contenders like climate crisis and nuclear conflict as a loss of faith in the mission of effective governance, what you never learn that might have saved you. The afterword to your new …