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February 2017

23 Feb The Plot Against America

On World Book Day our school librarian, Adam Rogers, has come up with a novel way (no pun intended) of celebrating the event, namely to wear the front cover of your chosen book like a badge/necklace/lanyard. This seems an excellent compromise for those of us...

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23 Feb A Kind Of Immortality

I just loved some of the comments by John Gray in his article in the New Statesman entitled What Cats Can Teach Us. "One of the most attractive features of cats is that contentment is their default state. Unlike human beings – particularly of the modern variety...

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20 Feb Medieval Book Curses

When I left secondary school in June 1982, I had a good look around my parent's house and found quite a few books which needed to be returned to the school library. I gathered them together and struggled up two flights of stairs to reach...

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18 Feb Happiness Part 1

I recently acquired Darren Brown's self-help book Happy; maybe it would have all the answers I needed and hoped for. The next step was to enrol on edX's The Science of Happiness MOOC focusing on the science of positive psychology, which explores the roots of a happy and meaningful...

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16 Feb The Light Between Oceans

  This lovely comment appeared in the New Yorker when the book was first published. "Told with the authoritative simplicity of a fable… Stedman’s intricate descriptions of the craggy Australian coastline and her easy mastery of an old-time provincial vernacular are engrossing. As the couple at the lighthouse...

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08 Feb Wishful Drinking

  I came to this book having read the Princess Diarist in January 2017 . There were some lovely comments about this book by Lynn Barber writing in The Telegraph (yes sorry the Telegraph) when it was originally published in 2008. "It's a bit unclear why...

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04 Feb The Decline of the E-Book?

After years of sales growth, major publishers recently reported a fall in their e-book sales for the first time, introducing new doubts about the potential of e-books in the publishing industry. Simone Natalie, lecturer in Communication and Media Studies, Loughborough University and Andrea Ballatore, lecturer, Birkbeck,...

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04 Feb Thought for Day

Travelling to school this week, I was in an interminably long queue, cars, lorries and vans all bumper to bumper, all of us struggling to get to work on a miserable, rainsoaked morning. As I stared out of the window looking at the monstrous architecture of...

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04 Feb Refugees and the USA

On Friday 27th January 2017,  Donald Trump signed an executive order which prevented refugees from Muslim-majority countries from entering the United States. He also committed the United States to building a wall on its border with Mexico as well as proposing that Mexican goods be taxed...

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