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Life in a Setting Sun: Peter Godwin’s Mukiwa: A White Boy in Africa

Godwin, Peter. Mukiwa. A White Boy in Africa. 1996. HarperPerennial, 1997. Just after I started work for a large firm of London solicitors in the summer of 1969, a frisson of excitement rippled through the office because one of the typists … Continue reading

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A Respectable Life? Ruth Scurr’s John Aubrey: My Own Life

Scurr, Ruth. John Aubrey: My Own Life.Vintage, 2015. You are probably aware of John Aubrey’s Brief Livesand of Anthony Powell’s John Aubrey and His Friends. Anyone reading about Restoration England is also fairly used to coming across references to Aubrey … Continue reading

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Whither the Fruit of Her Hands? Marilyn Yalom’s A History of the Wife

Yalom, Marilyn. A History of the Wife. HarperCollins, 2001.  Most of us are probably at least vaguely familiar with Proverbs 31 10-31 which defines the “virtuous woman . . . her price is far above rubies. [pearls or coral in some … Continue reading

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Beyond Mourning: Helen Humphreys’ Coventry

Humphreys, Helen. Coventry. HarperCollins, 2008. If you read the brief history of Coventry Cathedral on the Cathedral’s own website, http://www.coventrycathedral.org.uk/wpsite/our-history/  you may gain some idea of what Coventry cathedral stands for. To my parents’ generation of English people, rebuilding of Coventry … Continue reading

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Resistance? Not so Futile? Questioning the Algorithm. Harari’s Homo Deus: A Brief History of Tomorrow

Harari, Yuval Noah. Homo Deus: A Brief History of Tomorrow. 2015. Trans. Yuval Noah Harari. Signal, 2016. While Descartes posited “I think; therefore, I am,” today, we know we exist because our profiles exist in cyberspace. “I text, therefore, I am.” (There’s … Continue reading

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Defining Peace: Adrian Goldsworthy’s Pax Romana

Goldsworthy, Adrian. Pax Romana. War, Peace, and Conquest in the Roman World. Orion, 2017. I have to confess I began reading this book in November (!), but life somehow got in the way of my really settling down to it until way … Continue reading

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Surviving the Past-Building the Future: Andrew Taylor’s The Ashes of London

Taylor, Andrew. The Ashes of London. Harper 2016. I’m fairly sure this is the first novel I’ve read by Andrew Taylor. I’m wondering how I’ve managed not to have met his work before. The Ashes of London is a who-dunnit … Continue reading

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