$117.81 plus shipping.
Days of waiting.
2 hours labour?
Free statement folder from a bank.
Two old pencils; one cut in half.
2 minutes labour.
(Laptop sits along the top of the lower pencil and directly onto the two top bits for loads of ventilation.)
As the most patient of my friends and relatives will bear witness I am in the throes of writing a book about money tentatively entitled 'How Money Works'.
During my research and reading over the last couple of years I have delved into and read at length any number of different books, blogs and tomes, all of which have moved my research on a little or shown me new directions to explore. There has only been one traditional economics text book among that lot, very boring, and very little to do with money.
This traditional economics dry spell has continued right up until now when I am delighted to say that I have discovered an amazing little book called 'Economics of the Real World' written by Peter Donaldson and published by Pelican Books in 1973.
Peter Donaldson read philosophy and economics and graduated from Oxford in 1956. He lectured at Leeds, Leicester & Nottingham; with the Workers Educational Association; at Osmania University in Hyderabad; for Ruskin College, Oxford; and finally did a considerable amount of broadcasting which is where we come in.
This little book came out of a joint publication between Pelican and the BBC and so far seems to be an absolute gem for the non-professional searcher for economic knowledge. That'll be me and you.
I am considering quoting a large part of the first two pages of the book in my preface. Peter speaks with my scepticism, some of my passion, but with more knowledge, so as to briefly and succinctly describe economics in as small a nutshell as you are ever likely to find.
I confess I'm only up to page 33 as I write but it seemed appropriate to break off and post about Peter Donaldson's wonderful little book - 'Economics of the Real World'- this link will take you to Amazon's secondhand section and if you buy I will receive a minuscule percentage of your purchase in a long while.
If you do, you won't regret it. If you do, thank you.
PS - This is quite probably the only economics book you will encounter the sentence: "Households, on the other hand, are the places where people live, eat, drink and ,make love."
Peter Donaldson (27 October 1934 – 6 September 2002)