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  • The Aftermath

    Title: The Aftermath Author: Rhidian Brook Genre: Historical Fiction Release Date: 2014 Pages: 336 Hamburg, 1946: Thousa...

  • Remembering JFK

    John F Kennedy was born 100 years ago on May 29, 1917. He was the youngest man to enter the White House. Gregory Frame, ...

  • Books: Mortality and Intelligence

    Yesterday, I found an intriguing article sitting in my inbox entitled: The Number of Books you will read Before you Die....

  • They are Trying to Break Your Heart

    Title: They Are Trying to Break Your Heart Author: David Savill Genre: Fiction Publisher: Bloomsbury Release Date: 2016 ...

  • Films Galore

    I decided to spend part of this weekend watching some of the latest DVD releases, most of which had only received lukewa...

  • Elizabeth I and Mrs May

    Brexit and a divided nation….. Of course, I could have written a post about the possibility that we are, however i...

  • On Tyranny: Twenty Lessons from the 20th Century

    Title: On Tyranny: Twenty Lessons from the 20th Century Author: Timothy Snyder Genre: History Release Date: 2017 Pages: ...

  • The Gustav Sonata

    Title: The Gustav Sonata Author: Rose Tremain Genre: Fiction Release Date: September 2016 Pages: 301 What is the differe...

  • Secret by Philippe Grimbert

    Title: Secret Author: Phillippe Grimbert Genre: Fiction Release Date: 2008 Pages: 160 Secret is the story of a family ha...

  • Medieval Selfies

    The Oxford English Dictionary defines a ‘selfie’ as something quite basic and simplistic, namely a ‘photographic self-po...

  • Wharram Percy: Deserted Medieval Village

    I visited Wharram Percy in the mid-1990s; it was a late Saturday afternoon and there were very few visitors left on the ...

  • Co-operation with Europe

    Stephen Church, Professor of Medieval History at the University of East Anglia has commented, “by triggering Artic...

  • The Story of Land and Sea

    Title: The Story of Land and Sea Author: Katy Simpson Smith Genre: Historical Fiction Publisher: Harper Release Date: 20...

  • Edwardian Bookplates versus Tattoos

    The tattoo has been in and out of fashion since Victorian times, nevertheless, for many people, it is currently the ulti...

  • Toy Soldiers

    This post is based on a fascinating article which appeared in History Today charting the role of children’s toys i...

  • Days Without End

    Days Without End will probably be one of my favourite books of the year and that’s a bold statement to make in Mar...

  • Short Sightedness

    I was six years old when the school nurse told me I was shortsighted. The next time she saw me she would expect to see m...

  • Elizabeth is Missing

    Elizabeth is Missing, the debut novel by Emma Healy, was the subject of a bidding war between nine publishers and has al...

  • Re-thinking the School Day?

    Some key facts: babies sleep between 16 and 18 hours per day, on average adults need seven to eight hours and teenagers ...

  • 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 e...

  • Taxing Politicians

    There have been some fascinating insights published in History Today focusing on the tax affairs of politicians from the...

  • How empathetic are you?

    Loved this very brief article from the Guardian published on 27th March 2016 Here’s a simple personality test to try on ...

  • The Panama Papers

    Over the Easter holidays in 2016 I had been doing quite a bit of reading and research on the scandal surrounding the Pan...

  • Creative Writing

    I have just started an online creative writing course; last week we concentrated on effective characterisation and I was...

  • High Blood Pressure Around the World

    Well worth a read is this brief account of a recent world-wide study of high blood pressure published in the online edit...

  • The Versions of Us

    Title: The Versions of Us Author: Laura Barnett Genre: Fiction Release Date: 2015 Pages: 401 Have you ever wondered, wha...

  • Dickensian

    I read my first Dickens novel, Great Expectations, at the age of ten. I would read it before bedtime and in the early mo...

  • Decriminalising Domestic Violence

    Perhaps nothing should surprise us in 2017. The UK is moving closer to the triggering of Article 50. The USA is heading ...

  • The Princess Diarist

    What exactly was happening in my world in a ‘long-ago age’ almost forty years ago? I expect, a little like Carrie Fisher...

  • Academic Books

    I make no excuses for the fact that the inspiration for this particular post comes from the online magazine, The Convers...

  • Isolation

    It is 1984. We are sitting in the quaint tea room; there are about eight tables all of them occupied. But I am drawn to ...

  • Refugees and the USA

    On Friday 27th January 2017,  Donald Trump signed an executive order which prevented refugees from Muslim-majority count...

  • 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...

  • 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, introdu...

  • Wishful Drinking

    Title: Wishful Drinking Author: Carrie Fisher Genre: Autobiography Release Date: 2008 In Wishful Drinking, Carrie Fisher...

  • The Light Between Oceans

    Title: The Light Between Oceans Author: M.L.Stedman Release Date: 2012 Pages: 362 Tom Sherbourne arrives on Janus Rock t...

  • Happiness Part 1

    I recently acquired Darren Brown’s self-help book Happy; maybe it would have all the answers I needed and hoped fo...

  • 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 ...

  • 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. R...

  • Architecture of the Cold War

    In the final week before half term I rather enjoyed my first ever visit to the Cold War Museum in Cosford. The displays ...