Monthly Archives: March 2017

Rees, Laurence: “Horror In The East”.

Laurence Rees highlighted some of the twentieth century’s most egregious human rights abuses in his 2001 book, “Horror In The East”. It is a difficult read, shedding some light on lots of previously unknown and almost unbelievable historical events, from cannibalism … Continue reading

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Orwell, George: “Nineteen Eighty-Four”.

When I first read “Nineteen Eighty-Four”, Orwell’s dark vision where the “rotting nineteenth-century houses, their sides shored up with baulks of timber, their windows patched with cardboard and their roofs with corrugated iron, their crazy garden walls sagging in all directions” terrified me. Orwell’s … Continue reading

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Hemingway, Ernest: “For Whom The Bell Tolls”.

I am not unbiased when it comes to Hemingway as he is one of my favourite authors. His direct, authoritative style, even when documenting the violent and harsh side of life, is inspiring. Frequently, whilst reading Hemingway, I imagine his … Continue reading

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