I first published this book review as a “conversation” between ourselves and Buddha (Sid) exactly one year ago at the start of 2019 and it seemed appropriate to repost it for all of my new followers as well as having… Read More ›
52 Books Challenge: #4 Children of Time
I rarely write reviews of works of fiction, but this book is part of my 52 Books Challenge with Goodreads so I’d better get used to it. Children of Time is a science fiction novel written by Adrian Tchaikovsky and is… Read More ›
Choosing Your Literary Hero
Do you have a literary hero, someone who is a little bit more than merely a favourite author, for whatever reason? Maybe its Dickens or Tolkien, or perhaps a Rowling or an Austen? On the other hand it could be… Read More ›
Book Review: William Cobbett … the greatest Englishman, ever?
William Cobbett is best known as a political satirist, a champion of the working man especially agricultural labourers who he called his “chopsticks”. Born in 1763, across his life he was … a soldier, a pamphleteer, a convict, a journalist,… Read More ›
Imaginative Ancestry: 3. Caxton’s England, 1422-1491
My ancestors may not have known William Caxton but they sure as heck were influenced by him, as were all of YOUR ancestors if you live in the English speaking world. His machine did more than just print “things”…… it… Read More ›
Imaginative Ancestry: 2. Chaucer’s England 1340-1400
The 14th century in England brought about social change that was possibly unrivalled until the era of the Industrial Revolution. And this is the point of going so far back in time when researching your family tree, because the changes… Read More ›
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