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Review “Thirst” by Benjamin Warner

We never get to find out why the water runs out in “Thirst” yet the implication is clear. Sadly, we will not be able to unburden our global conscience quite so easily if this happens on Earth. We all share … Continue reading

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Review “Who moved my Cheese?” by Dr Spencer Johnson

A work colleague recommended this book to me some years back and I had completely forgotten about it, only to be reminded of it last year by a different colleague. I finally got around to it last week. In retrospect, … Continue reading

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Review “Ariel” by Sylvia Plath. 2004 Edition with a foreword from Frieda Hughes

I have no idea how I managed to misplace my battered and beloved copy of Plath’s “Collected Poems”, which contains all the missing compositions that Hughes omitted from the original 1965 edition of “Ariel”, released after Plath’s untimely death. I … Continue reading

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Review: “I Am Pilgrim” by Terry Hayes

After watching Dublin effortlessly dispatch Monaghan in the quarter final of the All Ireland Championship over in my parents’ house last weekend, we began chatting, after some tasty fish cakes my Mother had prepared. I mentioned that I was reading … Continue reading

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Review: Keigo Higashino “Malice”.

After recently savouring Higashino’s “Salvation of a Saint”, I checked “Malice” out of the library on my last trip. I got what I bargained for, “Malice” is similar to his other book. Japanese author Hidaka is mysteriously killed and all … Continue reading

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Defending the indefensible. A Review of Leon Trotsky’s “Terrorism and Communism”

Introduction:     This short polemic from Trotsky was a reply to Karl Kautsky’s stinging critique of the Russian Revolution. Kautsky believed that the Bolsheviks had disregarded some of the basic tenets of Marxism by violently seizing power. Kautsky was … Continue reading

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Review: Anna Applebaum “Gulag: A History”

Introduction:   Applebaum has helped to lift the lid on arguably the most brutal regime in history. The level of systematic and institutional violence was incomprehensible. I am not sure the human brain is meant to think in these terms. I … Continue reading

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