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Review: “More than this” by Patrick Ness

Ness has written a bleak, coming-of-age science fiction thriller where the protagonists’ emotions swirl around in a dizzying eddy of uneasy teenage sensations. Strange feelings jolt around while an awkward journey of self-discovery unfolds. “More than this” is set in … Continue reading

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Review: “Judging Dev” by Diarmaid Ferriter

From the early 1990’s, De Valera’s reputation began to take such a relentless battering, it seemed that a complete downgrading of his status in Irish history had taken place. Did it begin with Tim Pat Coogan’s 1993 biography? Possibly.  His … Continue reading

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Review: Ernest Hemingway: “For whom the bell tolls”

I must confess that I am not an unbiased reader of Hemingway as he is one of my favourite authors. His direct and distinctly lyrical style, even when documenting the violent and harsh side of life, is inspired. Frequently whilst … Continue reading

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Review: Fyodor Dostoevsky “The Gambler”

Dostoevsky’s novella had several themes I thought worthy of a blog post: degenerate gambling, national identity, class and love. He is a lyrical writer, the prose sinuous and elegant.   Degenerate gambling:   The Dickensian name of the town where … Continue reading

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Review: “Broken Vows. Tony Blair. The tragedy of power”.

I was 17 when Tony Blair first got elected in that magnificent landslide in 1997. I was transfixed by the jubilant and ecstatic celebration of democracy; that sea of red flags. Blair was young, articulate and in touch with an … Continue reading

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Review: Neal Stephenson “Seveneves”

I have always been an admirer of Bill Gates. Not just for nearly single-handedly putting a personal computer in every home. His efforts to rid the world of numerous diseases and eradicate poverty are inspirational. Some years back, I began … Continue reading

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Review: Garry Kasparov “Winter is coming: why Vladimir Putin and the enemies of the free world must be stopped”

It is refreshing to listen to somebody communicate a clear vision of how the world could be. Kasparov achieves this in his 2015 book “Winter is coming: why Vladimir Putin and the enemies of the free world must be stopped”. The … Continue reading

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