Monthly Archives: January 2018

Frankopan, Peter: “The Silk Roads: A New History Of The World”

The first half of Peter Frankopan’s book is a triumph which presents the Eastern history of the world in a clear manner. “It is easy to mould the past into a shape that we find convenient and accessible. But the … Continue reading

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Beatty, Paul: “The Sellout”.

Under the layers of sardonic humour in which Beatty has wrapped “The Sellout” lies an important message: racism is alive and well in the United States. The novel is set in Dickens, LA, where “one’s self-worth comes from how one … Continue reading

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Shehadeh, Raja: “Palestinian Walks”.

Through a series of what Palestinians call “sarhat”, or hill walks, Raja Shehadeh tells the tale of how his native Ramallah in the West Bank has changed over time. In his youth, before the 1967 occupation, he wrote of the … Continue reading

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Jespersen, Knud: “A History Of Denmark”.

Before a recent trip to Denmark and Sweden with Iseult, I decided to brush up on some Danish history by reading Jespersen’s acclaimed and excellent “A History Of Denmark”. Denmark and the other Nordic countries are interesting templates for good … Continue reading

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Best Of 2017

This is what my 2017 sounded like: Plenty of tracks here have what Whitman termed the “soul-rousing power” of music, an expression I had previously associated with loud music, yet what awakens my spirit mellows with age. Perhaps this is … Continue reading

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