Category Archives: Literature

Fear and Loathing on the Campaign Trail ‘72

Every time I think about Hunter S. Thompson, an unbidden mental picture of The History Man’s infernal Howard Kirk hoves into view, probably because Thompson, like Kirk, is inextricably linked in the general consciousness with the so called ‘counter culture’ of … Continue reading

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Henry V

Randomly selecting things to read, sometimes comes up trumps.  This week, my random pick was Shakespeare’s great history play, Henry V.   The events leading up to the battle of Agincourt, the battle itself and the ensuing peace process following the French … Continue reading

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Nostromo

If you’re looking for a meaty tome, with a vast army of finely drawn characters, political intrigue, a haul of silver ingots, all topped off with a revolution, then take a look at the magnificent Nostromo. Written in 1904, and … Continue reading

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Fathers and Sons

Russian literature, like blue Stilton cheese, is something of an acquired taste.  Defeated by War and Peace, but not by Crime and Punishment, my literary tasting tour has ended with a more digestible work by Ivan Sergeevich Turgenev: Fathers and … Continue reading

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The Second World War

I’m quite interested in military history, as I find understanding the conflicts of the past helps unlock the motivations of the present. Add to this, a love of maps and strategy and I’ve suddenly turned into an armchair general.  The … Continue reading

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South

Some years ago, I used to work in London and, as I lived on the South Coast, I spent a lot of time on trains. Which was very annoying. On the plus side, it did mean that I had a … Continue reading

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Back To School

If anyone ever tells you that it’s easy to get your child into a good school, look at the calendar, check that it’s not April 1st and that you don’t have a sign saying “Kick Me” on your back, then … Continue reading

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The House of Mirth

This week, a ‘lucky dip’ read comes good. As a general rule, if you are looking for a good book, you will never find yourself standing in front of the bookshelves of one of the town’s larger stationery suppliers. If … Continue reading

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Anthony Trollope. A Beard To Be Reckoned With

This week, comfort reading and a return to one of my favourite writers. Anthony Trollope. A prolific Victorian author and Post Office official, credited with introducing the post box to Britain’s streets. Other interests? Beard cultivation. Over the years, I’ve … Continue reading

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The Film Club

So, David Gilmour has got himself into all sorts of hot water by apparently saying (to quote The Guardian) that “he won’t teach books written by women.” Oh? Actually if you look a bit closer at what was said, it reads … Continue reading

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