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Posted on: 21 May 2024

This website started in May 2021, three years ago today. This post is a reflection on how it is all going: what it has achieved, what it has not, what may be still to come. This is split into two...

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Arise, England - review

Book cover for Arise, England

Posted on: 17 May 2024

Can you predict the actions of any individual? Can you even predict what you will yourself do tomorrow? Of course, for most of us for most of the time, what we choose to do tomorrow won’t have much...

★★★★☆ (2024)

Posted on: 1 May 2024

A few more on the shelf this month compared to last, with a couple that may even qualify for blockbuster history book status, if you are an E Cline or a Z Badawi fan... Click the book covers to see a...

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The Nirvana Express - review

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Posted on: 19 April 2024

My first step on the road to enlightenment occurred about ten years ago in the offices of an accounting firm in London. I was sitting in a meeting room with about twenty actuaries, my eyes closed...

★★★★☆ (2023)

Posted on: 1 April 2024

March always seems to be a slower month for history books for some reason that I can't entirely fathom, but there's enough to be getting on with! I've shared a few notes below on a few that I would...

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Footmarks - review

Book cover for Footmarks

Posted on: 8 March 2024

The world’s oldest bum print can be found in Tuc d’Audoubert cave, in Ariège, France. A team of archaeologists and skilled trackers, interpreting footprints on the cave floor that had been undisturbed...

★★☆☆☆ (2023)

Posted on: 1 March 2024

14 new history books in the metaphorical bag from Feb 2024. For some reason this month has proven to be quite a global mix, which I like! Click the book covers to see a zoomed in image and links to...

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One Fine Day - review

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Posted on: 27 February 2024

In the UK when we think of twentieth century history, World War 2 tends to dominate. Great Britain, this plucky sceptred isle, standing alone against the menace of Nazi Germany. An isolated bastion of...

★★★★☆ (2023)

Posted on: 1 February 2024

12 new history books identified over Jan 2024. A fairly ecclectic mix but with some familar historical themes such as modern Russia and the British Empire. A few top picks highlighted below! Click the...

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