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Some light reading to cram in between your mince pies

As the gap between rich and poor widens, so does the gulf between the relative wealth of our educational institutions. Andy Forbes reflects on the work of a leading economist

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Knowing just how busy and overworked most of us are in education, I wouldn’t normally be suggesting my fellow professionals read a whopping big book. French economist Thomas Piketty’s Capital in the Twenty-First Century is 700 pages long and stuffed with equations, graphs and tables. It’s also one of the most absorbing books I’ve ever read – as gripping as any blockbuster.

Using a mass of historical data, Piketty sets about analysing the gulf between rich and poor. If this gap keeps getting worse, he argues, the political and social consequences for us all are – to use his word – terrifying.

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