The Great Escape

Katharina: Deliverance by Margaret Skea (a review) [The publisher kindly provided me with an advanced reading copy of Margaret Skea's new historical novel, due to be published on October 18th.] 'It is very shameful that children, especially defenceless young girls, are pushed into the nunneries. Shame on the unmerciful parents who treat their own so …

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Homo Deus

A Brief History of Tomorrow by Yuval Noah Harari WARNING! - This book contains spoilers - spoilers of liberal humanism, and possibly of the whole human experience. 'People are usually afraid of change because they fear the unknown. But the single greatest constant of history is that everything changes.' Harari's earlier book Sapiens challenged us …

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In the Land of the Pharaohs

The Egyptian by Mika Waltari 'A woman who combines malice with intelligence and beauty is dangerous indeed - more dangerous still when she can add to this the power of a royal consort.' The Egyptian is a classic historical novel by Finnish writer Waltari and set in the Egypt of the 14th century BCE. The …

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