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Fractals By Kenneth Falconer
2023-11-23 05:28
The word geometry might conjure up images or circles, squares, cylinders, and cubes, but many phenomena in nature and science are anything but regular or smooth. Think coastlines, mountain r… Read More
Herod And Mariamne By Par Lagerkvist
2023-11-16 03:44
This is a superb short story with historical characters as the two main people in the story, indeed the only two characters who are given names. The historical story concerns many other p… Read More
2023-11-09 03:18
The full title of this book is “A Brief History of The Hundred Years War”. As you can see from the title, the war lasted 116 years but towards the end the English were a defea… Read More
They By Kay Dick
2023-11-04 14:06
This is a very strange book on one hand and fascinating on the other. Characters are introduced in almost every chapter but they’re never described, in fact the main character is never… Read More
The Road To Unfreedom
2023-11-01 16:25
The Road to Unfreedom is essential reading. The book is a fascinating study of how Russia is planning to destroy the West by supporting the far right in Europe (they were supporters of Brexi… Read More
2023-10-26 00:25
The shy Unn and the lively Siss are in the same class at school aged around 11. Unn prefers to remain aloof from the other children whereas Siss is the centre of attention and a leader in… Read More
Anaximander And The Nature Of Science
2023-10-18 19:22
Carlo Rovelli has written a book about Anaximander who was born around 610BCE in Miletus in modern day Turkey. Anaximander wrote a treatise in prose called On Nature. This book is now los… Read More
2023-10-12 03:26
This is a book of 12 short stories by P.G. Wodehouse. The first six are excellent as they involve the familiar characters of Blandings Castle such as Lord Emsworth, his son Freddie Threepwoo… Read More
2023-10-04 14:17
I’m not a big fan of this book. Firstly, there’s no index which for a book that’s packed with facts is a small tragedy and makes me even less likely to keep it on my boo… Read More
2023-09-27 17:37
Ivan Dragomiloff is the founder and mastermind of the secret Assassination Bureau, Ltd. The social reformer Winter Hall falls in love with Grunya, who is Dragomiloff’s daughter. When H… Read More
Good Intentions By Ogden Nash
2023-09-20 22:16
A wonderful collection of witty verses from the late 1930s and early 1940s that made me chuckle, not necessarily because they’re funny but because they’re extremely clever. Perha… Read More
2023-09-14 05:00
The star of this book is the treacherous Skeleton Coast where the action takes place at two different periods in history, in the 1950s and during WWII. Geoffrey Peace is the skipper of a… Read More
2023-09-07 03:44
Graham Greene wrote The Tenth Man in 1944 when he was under a two-year contract with MGM. The manuscript lay forgotten in their archives until 1983 . It was published two years later. Thi… Read More
Thoughts On AI…
2023-09-01 16:44
from Geoffrey Hinton, Alan Turing, Yoshua Bengio Maybe humans are a passing stage in the evolution of intelligence. It would not take long to outstrip our feeble powers…at some… Read More
2023-09-01 02:26
These are interesting essays by Walter Benjamin who is now considered to have been the most important German literary critic in the first half of the 20th century. Born into a prosperous… Read More
2023-08-25 22:34
This is a compelling novel about The Gambler, Alexey Ivanovitch, who is working in the household of a Russian General – he was only promoted to this rank on his retirement – who… Read More
2023-08-20 03:23
Simone Weil was a French intellectual who lived between 1909 and 1943. This essay goes into the reasons why political parties should be removed from politics in order for politics to flouris… Read More
2023-08-14 02:49
This book was published in 1894 and is set in the Northern wilderness of Norway. The book tells the story of a summer relationship between Lieutenant Thomas Glahn who is spending time on hol… Read More
Sports The Olympics Forgot
2023-08-09 14:22
This book describes 40 fictional Sports. This should give you something to smile about when you’re at home longing for a little bit of escapism. The Sports include:  The Dra… Read More
The Figure In The Dusk
2023-08-08 02:25
John Creasey wrote more than six hundred novels using twenty-eight different pseudonyms during his career as a novelist. This is one of the Chief Inspector Roger West books known alternat… Read More
2023-08-02 03:53
Frank Close is Professor Emeritus of Theoretical Physics, and Fellow Emeritus at Exeter College at Oxford University. He was formerly Head of Theoretical Physics Division at the Rutherford A… Read More
2023-07-27 03:27
This book is rather different from other books you’ll read. It’s the third novel in a series that began with Barabbas and The Sibyl. Ahasuerus is mentioned in certain Old T… Read More
2023-07-20 15:54
This novel is set in a small town in Ireland and follows the thoughts of Bill Furlong, a coal and timber merchant who is married with five daughters. He works hard but life is still a strugg… Read More
2023-07-14 15:22
The Shipping Forecast is a much-loved part of the British cultural landscape with an avid following of listeners, most of whom aren’t affected by the news it provides. This book des… Read More
Brave New World By Aldous Huxley
2023-07-08 16:48
Aldous should have toned down his inclination to use his wide vocabulary in favour of a more mantra-like style that would have been more in keeping with the ideas in the book. This book d… Read More
2023-07-04 16:45
This is a superb book written by a very brave man. The background is this. Bill Browder is an American-born British financier and political activist. He is the CEO and co-founder of Hermi… Read More
2023-07-01 21:25
A superb PG Wodehouse story where aged golfer Sir Hugo Drake falls for the shot-making abilities of a beautiful woman doctor called, you’ve guessed it, Dr Sally Smith. The thing is… Read More
2023-06-27 18:12
I went to Jura in April and I really liked the place a lot, especially the staff at the Jura Hotel who are incredibly friendly and helpful. This hotel is opposite the Jura distillery and so… Read More
2023-06-27 02:46
This is a real page turner. An old wooden ship is trapped in the Antarctic ice. It set sail from Argentina to the Falkland Islands two years after the war between the UK and Argentina was… Read More
2023-06-21 04:22
Mattis is the main character of this book that deals with human relations, emotions, and sensitivities. It’s about relationships between people and between people and nature. Mattis… Read More
2023-06-15 03:10
Karl Braun is a cultured German gentleman who works as a piano tuner in the London of the mid 1960s. Many of his fellow emigres assume like them he fled to England to avoid the Nazis. In… Read More
Living Pictures By Polina Barskova
2023-05-25 20:53
Polina Barskova was born and brought up in Leningrad over 30 years after the end of the siege of that city by the Germans during WWII. The siege lasted from September 1941 to January 1944. T… Read More
2023-05-20 03:07
The first James Bond book that Ian Fleming wrote and I recognised some of the details from the 2006 film of the same name. Le Chiffre is a nearly bankrupt member of the secretive SMERSH o… Read More
2023-05-13 15:56
This is the third novel in the original Laidlaw trilogy. The death of his brother Scott in an apparent accident – Scott was drunk and hit by a car driven by a newsagent – has… Read More
2023-05-01 23:24
Lawrence Durrell had a lifelong interest in and sympathy for the philosophy of Taoism. Since he read the Tao Te Ching which contains a description of the great motor of the universe and its… Read More
2023-04-23 23:04
Sigmund Freud is recognised as a pivotal figure in modern culture, yet he and his body of work attract controversy to this day. This book addresses the chief accusations against him, some mo… Read More
Not In Any Atlas
2023-04-21 15:58
These places will NOT be found on any map or in any atlas. This book describes a large number of little-known tourist sights from around the world. A book for the discerning traveller who… Read More
Time Traveller’s Diary
2023-04-20 03:45
The Greeks were going to use a real horse at Troy until… This is the diary of a time-travelling health and safety executive who tries to stop accidents through history before they… Read More
Stardust By Neil Gaiman
2023-04-18 02:23
This was the first time I’d read a book by Neil Gaiman. This is more of a fairy tale than say Terry Pratchett’s books. In Stardust we have the story of Tristan Thorn who li… Read More
Why Universities Are Making Us Stupid
2023-04-09 03:15
I’m a bit behind in reading my New Statesman magazines, so it was only on 8th April that I read the above article from the 10-16 March 2023 edition of the magazine written by Adrian Pa… Read More
Biggles And The Black Peril
2023-04-05 19:05
This is a fine read, a really good story, set in 1934 in which we’re introduced to the character called Ginger, who’s a really imaginative thinker and notices things that Biggles… Read More
2023-03-29 23:27
Scholarship. I’m seriously thinking about putting all my other books that I want to read in a massive pile somewhere and just reading this author’s work one after another unti… Read More
2023-03-23 15:53
First published in Great Britain in 1937, The Hobbit must be one of the most influential books of the first half of the 20th Century and should be read by anyone who enjoys a good story… Read More
2023-03-18 01:43
Normally, I like this series of books, but in the case of Spinoza I have to give only two stars out of five. I’m not sure if that’s down to Spinoza or the author. The only… Read More
Winnipeg – Manitoba
2023-03-13 15:28
An excerpt from a forthcoming book on Canadian cities. I mentioned I was going to visit Winnipeg to several people and their replies contained either the words ‘Winterpeg’ or… Read More
2023-03-12 14:48
This is Page 7 from the book Diary of a Buddhist Cat ============================================================== “It’s my first morning here,” I reply. “I do… Read More
Chronicle Of A Death Foretold – Review
2023-03-12 03:17
A few hours after marrying Angela Vicario her husband, Bayardo San Roman, returns his bride to her parents. Angela’s family force her to name her first lover and once she does that, Sa… Read More
2023-03-10 15:46
This is Page 6 from the book Diary of a Buddhist Cat ============================================================== The final dining option is some small, sandy-coloured nuts that are… Read More
Yellowknife – Northwest Territories
2023-03-10 04:25
An excerpt from a forthcoming travelogue about Canadian cities. For me, Northwest Territories is where the scale and grandeur of Canada hits home. Northwest Territories is 1 million squa… Read More
2023-03-08 15:41
This is Page 5 from the book Diary of a Buddhist Cat ============================================================== I wake up on my first morning in my new dwelling. I find my litter t… Read More
2023-03-07 22:42
5 Days in the life of an English office – you can buy it here There’s lots of banter and insults flying around in this story. One person goes to the wrong place for the wee… Read More
Heirs To Forgotten Kingdoms – Review
2023-03-07 03:10
A wonderful book about the author’s interactions with seven lesser-known religions. These religions are: the Christian Copts in Egypt, the Kalasha in the remote northern valleys of… Read More
2023-03-04 15:35
This is Page 4 from the book Diary of a Buddhist Cat ============================================================== Gemma’s most awful stare she reserves for the humans. This is… Read More
2023-03-02 15:31
This is Page 3 from the book Diary of a Buddhist Cat ============================================================== When John brought me to the house where I live now, he let me out of… Read More
On Natural Selection – Charles Darwin
2023-03-02 04:36
Who would have thought that the number of cats in a particular area would impact Red Clover density? He who believes in the struggle for existence and in the principle of natural selectio… Read More
2023-02-28 15:27
This is Page 2 from the book Diary of a Buddhist Cat ============================================================== Well, you can probably guess the rest. John saw me at the shelter an… Read More
2023-02-26 17:15
This is Page 1 from the book Diary of a Buddhist Cat ============================================================== Hello, my name is Freddie. I am a cat. I live in a house with ano… Read More
2023-02-25 07:43
This is such a sad book with an open ending but I can imagine what was going to happen. Ludwig is a young German from a humble background who gains employment with a wealthy businessman… Read More
2023-02-20 06:45
Nicolas Whistler is a young man who lives in digs in London and spends most of his spare cash on his car. He has a girlfriend that he rather likes and a job he doesn’t like. He regular… Read More
I Name That Animal The Yeti
2023-02-18 22:23
How did the Yeti receive its name? Find out in this book – available at a discount between 17th February and 24th February. You can also read: an obituary of a WWII flying ace… Read More
2023-02-15 07:29
This story is not what I was expecting. In general usage, Kraken refers to a sea monster such as a large octopus or squid. In this story, there is something in the oceans of the world but… Read More
The Shortest History Of War By Gwynne Dyer
2023-02-09 18:48
Gwynne Dyer is a superb writer and I feel tremendously informed after reading his work. It’s no different with this superb book on the history of warfare in terms of tactics, technolog… Read More
2023-01-31 16:56
This excerpt is from the book entitled The Goat Parva Murders an English Murder Mystery book set in the countryside, starring two policemen who have been working together for a few years and… Read More
2023-01-30 15:59
She’d loved animals her whole life. When her friends expressed their sadness that no one was hunting the hunters of animals, she decided to rectify the situation.&nbs&hell…Read More
2023-01-24 05:16
Number 437 in the ‘A Very Short Introduction’ series. In 324 AD the Roman Emperor Constantine defeated the last of his foes, Licinius, at sea, in the vicinity of the ancient G… Read More
2023-01-18 06:43
This is an extremely long thriller at over 550 pages. It needs to be though as there are so many characters not all of whom are what they seem to be at first appearance. The good people a… Read More
2023-01-14 04:52
This novella explores fertility, masculinity, marriage, and tropical fish in contemporary Japan. There are three interconnected scenes in the book. The connection is the narrator and one… Read More
2023-01-03 21:51
I’ve read a few books about Rorke’s Drift and this is one I will be keeping in my library. The book covers aspects of the battle not previously covered in anything else I’v… Read More
2023-01-01 03:51
This is a book mainly set in The Balkans in the middle of World War II. Three Yugoslavs set out from Rome to warn The Partisans about the German battle plan that will soon be launched agains… Read More
2022-12-30 16:55
Our Cats in Amsterdam is the sequel to The Diary of a Buddhist Cat. This is the link to the review on Reedsy: Freddie and Gemma’s combination of daring rescues, apprehension of t… Read More
2022-12-29 05:57
This is Julian Barnes’s first book and it’s in three parts. The first and third sections are set in Metroland – a strip of suburbia in outer London – in 1963 and 1… Read More
2022-12-20 05:31
The original text for this book first appeared in Punch magazine but was turned into a book and published in 1892. Weedon Grossmith drew the illustrations that illuminate this book. Th… Read More
2022-12-13 22:42
This excerpt is from the book entitled The Goat Parva Murders an English Murder Mystery book set in the countryside.  ========== The stalker trained his binoculars on the ground f… Read More
2022-12-13 03:48
I really do appreciate the Blandings Castle books of PG Wodehouse. The characters are larger than life and magnificent in their individual traits. Here both of the pigs vying for the S… Read More
2022-12-12 02:46
She’d loved animals her whole life. When her friends expressed their sadness that no one was hunting the hunters of animals, she decided to rectify the situation.&nbs&hell…Read More
2022-12-12 01:10
An excerpt from a book on life in an English office called Office Life available at a discount from 8th December to 14th December. Wood parked his car as close to the office door as poss… Read More
Cat Of 9 Tales – 67% Discount
2022-12-09 02:26
Where is Freddie? Is he in the washing machine or under the bath, behind the dry stone wall, or trying to climb the tall tree in the corner of the garden? Freddie was a cat who loved b… Read More
Keeping In Touch – 67% Savings
2022-12-07 00:41
My book Keeping in Touch is available here at a discount from 6th December to 13th December. We are closer to those further away than to those nearer to us. A story about communication… Read More
2022-12-06 22:18
This is number 6 in the ‘Great Journeys’ series by Penguin. Lady Mary Wortley Montagu travelled to Constantinople (now Istanbul) in 1716 with her husband who had been appointe… Read More
Julian Worker – Photos
2022-12-03 03:36
Hello: I’ve made some updates to my Alamy portfolio to include recent pictures from Montreal, Powell River (BC), Ottawa, Calgary, Saskatoon, Winnipeg, Yellowknife, Whitehorse, and… Read More
2022-12-01 22:44
This is autofiction, a form of fictionalized autobiography. Autofiction combines two mutually inconsistent narrative forms, namely autobiography and fiction. The protagonist of Marshlands… Read More
2022-11-26 02:43
This just might be the best fiction book I read in 2022. It’s utterly brilliant and yet I can’t work out why. In a way, it doesn’t matter. It combines a heroine who h… Read More
2022-11-20 03:33
Zeno of Citium founded Stoicism at the Stoa Poikile – the Painted Porch – a colonnade that stood outside the public market in Athens over two thousand years ago. Zeno’s… Read More
2022-11-16 03:10
Well better late than never for me to discover this poem about non-violent opposition to the oppressors, a message that will be taken up in increasing numbers as governments become more and… Read More
Jeff Bezos
2022-11-15 21:08
After reading this: I wonder why Jeff Bezos is bragging about giving most of hi… Read More
2022-11-12 02:54
For some reason I adore these books about Blandings Castle and yet I don’t like the Jeeves and Wooster books. I think it’s because everyone in the Blandings Castle books is so… Read More
Lindisfarne Gospels
2022-11-06 04:49
The script of the Lindisfarne Gospels is the work of one man – Eadfrith Bishop of Lindisfarne. The book is dated between AD 715-720. Before he could start he needed to obtain the sk… Read More

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