Tag Archives: history

Wait till they get to the bit about ‘Peace on Earth’ then let ’em have it

Book Review: Giles’s War – Cartoons 1939-45, edited by Tim Benson I think I first became aware of Carl Giles when I received this Christmas card from my Grandmother, which from the catalog must have been around 1980. When I … Continue reading

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One death is a tragedy …

Earlier this week I went to see The Death of Stalin at Reading Film Theatre. I’d seen posters on the Tube a couple of months ago, which had seemed to build quite a high level of expectation. Could Armando Iannucci’s … Continue reading

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A shrewd-faced lad who might have made something of himself in the glove trade

Book Review: The Spy of Venice, by Benet Brandreth I always struggle to define what kind of fiction I like, so I try to be open-minded when I come across things that look potentially interesting in the work book sale. … Continue reading

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OK Computer

Book Review: The Glass Universe, by Dava Sobel It’s always good to discover a book in the work book sale that’s already on my “to-read” list. This is the story of the women who analysed astronomical photographs at Harvard from … Continue reading

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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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