Category Archives: Book

Bring Up the Bodies – By Hilary Mantel

Hilary Mantel’s Bring Up The Bodies is an elegant and gripping masterpiece. It vividly brings to life sixteen century England: the vice and virtue, the clash of interests between the church and the state, the salacious and often deadly palace intrigue. The writer successfully gets into the minds of the nobles, the cardinals and the… Read More »

We Saw Spain Die by Paul Preston

We Saw Spain Die by Paul Preston is a thoroughly engaging, often perplexing, challenging and ultimately depressing book. It’s a story of how observers presented and reported the unfolding events of the Spanish Civil War, and chronicles the experience of some people who recorded history as it was made. These observers were correspondents and journalists,… Read More »

The Unbound Prometheus by David S. Landes

The Unbound Prometheus by David S. Landes is a work of such remarkable erudition and insight, not to mention detail that it demands of its reader concentration, stamina and perhaps pre-existing interest in its subject matter. The rewards, however, for anyone bold enough to see its project through are both immense and extensive, scattered, as… Read More »

The Time in Between by Maria Duenas

I recently read the novel, ‘The Time in Between’ by Maria Duenas, which is also published in the UK as ‘The Seamstress’. I was recommended it by a Spanish friend who knew it as ‘Between the Seams’ so it seems that this novel has a bewildering amount of names, depending on the country it is… Read More »

VIETNAM A War Lost and Won

‘VIETNAM – A War Lost and Won’ by Nigel Cawthorne was first published in 2003 by Arcturus Publishing Limited in the UK. Nigel Cawthorne, who was born in Chicago, the United States, is an American-born British writer of fiction and non-fiction, and an editor. The book includes an introduction on what triggered one the worst… Read More »

Elizabeth The Forgotten Years by John Guy

Myths are best served exploded, otherwise they can overinflate and thus hide the substance of any dish. And if that dish be the national consciousness or identity of a nation, then such over-egging must be avoided, lest it become the overelaborated norm. In recent times the Tudors have become entertainment currency, and not only in… Read More »

The Lost World of Byzantium by Jonathan Harris

A review of The Lost World of Byzantium by Jonathan Harris is near impossible to write. The book, incidentally, is far from impossible to read, despite its rather dry style. The problem is the breadth and sheer extent of its subject, an issue the author confronts with both enthusiasm and competence. Often history presents the… Read More »

Pompeii by Mary Beard

Marry Beard’s Pompeii succeeds in several quite different and sometimes surprising ways. This is a guidebook, a history, a survey of social relations, a description of culture and religion, a catalogue and analysis of art, and an archaeological record. It is also an excellent read, highly informative, enlighteningly descriptive and scrupulously accurate. Pompeii is a… Read More »

The Best Companions of Human Beings

Books..! Some can call it a good knowledge source, some call it a source of fun to get rid of boredom and for some people it is a passion so different people have different opinions regarding books. They are the best companions of human beings and they play a vital role in almost every person’s… Read More »

Vintage Veronica by Erica Perl

Beyond just the Dollar a Pound vintage clothing store, you can see that the people in it are all a handful of characters that have their quirks and pet peeves. Veronica is a plump girl who thinks she is doing fine all on her own until her mother encourages her to meet other people and… Read More »