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Nothing too chunky or academic,
Good page turner,like.
Thanks. Fuck you Debbie.
Not sure it's exactly a fantastic work of literature though. Or do you want a history book? Or a more modern thing about democratic socialism in the uk today?
Absolutely gripping. Probably the best book I've ever read. Maybe not exactly what you're looking for but I reckon your wife would love it.
Francis Wheen's biography of Marx is great too and has a fair bit about 19th Century British socialism in it. And he manages to make a biography of Marx really funny.
Neither of these are exactly the right thing, I'm sure, but they're both brilliant reads and really interesting.