The purpose of this blog is to inform a wider audience about the role of the House of Lords, hopefully provide some insights into its workings, and encourage interaction with those who read it. For anyone who is interested in learning more about the House, there are a number of valuable sources. There is the Parliament website, of which more in a later post, but there are also some good academic works. There are two in particular. One is Emma Crewe, Lords of Parliament: Manners, Rituals and Politics (Manchester University Press, 2005). Emma Crewe is an anthropologist who spent a great deal of time in the House, just watching, observing and talking to members and staff. Her work is a fascinating insight into the House. The other is Donald Shell, The House of Lords (Manchester University Press, 2007). Donald Shell specialises in the study of the Lords and this book replaces earlier works on the subject. It is a good, accessible study.