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The Strange Death of Liberal England

Book Review: The Strange Death of Liberal England, by George Dangerfield This had been on my to-read list for quite a while and the inconclusive aftermath of the [first] 2017 General Election seemed as good a time as any to … Continue reading

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Mad Dogs and Englishmen

I was hesitant about booking a holiday in Portugal in mid-June, but was persuaded to go ahead. We had a good time – eventually – although, really, much of it was too hot for me; generally into the 30s and … Continue reading

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An Ealing Comedy

Book Review: The Secret Life of Ealing Studios, by Robert Sellers The work book sale is a charity sale; but unlike browsing through a second-hand or charity bookshop, the books are completely unsorted (with the exception of children’s books, and … Continue reading

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Shards

Book Review: The Porcelain Thief – Searching the Middle Kingdom for Buried China, by Huan Hsu I picked this up in a work book sale over a year ago. Initially I had assumed it was fiction, but closer inspection explains … Continue reading

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The Middle Land

Book Review: The Marches, by Rory Stewart I’d seen one half of a pair of TV programmes by Stewart on the consequences of Hadrian’s Wall for Britain, but missed the other programme. Nonetheless it piqued my interest and I went … Continue reading

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Blitz Spirit

Book Review: The Secret History of the Blitz, by Joshua Levine I imagine there are so many books on this subject it must be difficult to produce anything original. Whilst we may think of people sleeping on Tube platforms and … Continue reading

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Rocket Science

Book Review: Relativity – The Special and the General Theory, by Albert Einstein (with introduction by Nigel Calder) Special relativity was one of the first topics I studied as an undergraduate, and one of the few that didn’t require mathematics … Continue reading

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