Tag Archives: history

To The Memory Of A Great Man

Book Reviews: Beethoven – his life and times, by AteĊŸ Orga; and Eroica – The First Great Romantic Symphony, by James Hamilton-Paterson Generally, I try to spread out books on a similar subject, but these two were both relatively short … Continue reading

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More tea, vicar?

Book Review: Empire of Tea – The Asian Leaf that Conquered the World, by Markman Ellis, Richard Coulton and Matthew Mauger It is, apparently, almost 10 years since I read Markman Ellis’ The Coffee House, which is what prompted me … Continue reading

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Immigration, Immigration, Immigration

Book Review: The Making of the British Landscape, by Nicholas Crane Although I recalled being a little underwhelmed by Crane’s biography of Mercator, I decided to give this one a go when I saw it in the work book sale. … Continue reading

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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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