Monthly Archives: April 2017

Fed18

I scrambled out of bed on Sunday 29th January 2017, brewed some coffee, burnt some Brennan’s batch and settled in to watch Fedal, mark 34, and surely their last meeting in a Grand Slam final. Waves of nervous energy rolled … Continue reading

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Axworthy, Michael: “Revolutionary Iran. A History Of The Islamist Republic”.

Axworthy has written a scholarly history of twentieth-century Iran, doing justice to a country with a complex history. So much detail is on offer that I occasionally had to digest certain sections and chapters multiple times. For anyone interested in political … Continue reading

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James, Marlon: “A Brief History Of Seven Killings”.

James has written an exhilarating, transnational, cross-generational, vice-city ride through the garbage town wastelands of the Jamaican ghettos and the slum tenements of New York City. James used the inimitable cadence of Jamaican patois to voice the gang-ridden, vicious underbelly of … Continue reading

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Ferriter, Diarmaid: “Judging Dev”.

From the early 1990s, de Valera’s reputation began to take such a relentless battering that it seemed as if a complete downgrading of his status in Irish history had taken place. This process began with Tim Pat Coogan’s 1993 biography … Continue reading

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Schroeder, Alice: “Warren Buffett And The Business Of Life”.

“The Snowball” is an enjoyable peregrination through the life and times of Warren Buffett, the man whom Schroeder dubbed the “all American, Pepsi quaffing, investing fundamentalist, one who plied his trade in glorious solitude, far from the Lucifer’s of Wall … Continue reading

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