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Hawkhurst - review

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Posted on: 9 June 2023

Smuggling is a shadowy business, so it is perhaps appropriate that our imaginations are peopled by fictional characters rather than real life historical smugglers. So as a child I loved the Captain...

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Posted on: 1 June 2023

So what have we got? It's a pretty good haul this month, centered around Europe mostly but with travel around the world as a bit of a motif... Click the book covers to see a zoomed in image and links...

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Posted on: 26 May 2023

Regular readers of this website will, I imagine, often think to themselves: I know you guys read a lot of history books but how does this actually help you in your day to day life? Perhaps the best...

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Great Kingdoms of Africa - review

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Posted on: 18 May 2023

Ancient Egyptian kings loved to portray themselves bashing someone elseโ€™s head in. One of the most famous head-basher kings is Narmer, often considered to be the first ruler of a unified Egypt,...

โ˜…โ˜…โ˜…โ˜†โ˜† (2023)

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Brotherhood of Kings - review

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Posted on: 5 May 2023

How do you deal with a bully? This is a problem that most of us will have considered at some point in our lives. But what if your bully is the ruler of a superpower, directly controls an enormous...

โ˜…โ˜…โ˜…โ˜…โ˜… (2012)

Posted on: 1 May 2023

It's mostly European history this month, plus a couple of grand narratives with collapse and microbial doom as a theme... Click the book covers to see a zoomed in image and links to Amazon if you like...

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The Blazing World - review

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Posted on: 28 April 2023

This is an enjoyable and easy read, with a breezy tone throughout. The author, an historian at Kellogg College, Oxford, has his own website, described as...

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Two Houses, Two Kingdoms - review

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Posted on: 20 April 2023

The handsome black pig sniffed the musky Parisian air and grunted quietly with satisfaction. Lowering his snout to the floor, he sniffed again, picking up the unmistakable scent of fresh offal....

โ˜…โ˜…โ˜…โ˜†โ˜† (2022)

Posted on: 1 April 2023

While researching local secondary schools for my kids I recently came across this intriguing (and damning) school inspection report, which I am sharing here in full just in case anyone is thinking of...

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