Mike Paterson

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The Gokwe Kid - Dick of the Bushveld - Part One (L&hellip by Karl Greenberg
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This is the story of Patrol Officer Greenberg of the British South Africa Police, posted to a place in the intensifying Rhodesian bush war that could not be more bush and what couldn't be more middle than this middle of nowhere: Gokwe. If you're not from Rhodesia, Gokwe is almost a joke name for remoteness in the same way as Enkledoorn became synonymous with parochialism. So there was - and is - plenty of opportunity for playing it for laughs, which the author seizes with both hands, and successfully. He casts himself as a sort of 1970s Yossarian of the Rhodesian civil conflict in which the forces of Mugabe and Nkomo - backed more or less by the whole rest of the world - were attempting to… Read more
House Histories: The Secrets Behind Your Front Doo&hellip by Melanie Backe-Hansen
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If you like history or architecture or you're maybe a little bit nosey about celebrities - even dead ones - you'll love this book. Melanie Backe-Hansen, who researched most of this on behalf of a posh London estate agent (an obvious innovation you'd think, but a great idea nonetheless), has produced a handsome and fascinating book which gives the histories of several dozen dwellings around the country. They range from cottages though country manors to swanky terraced properties in London's grandest squares. And in date from medieval times right up to inter-war Gropius (I'm not a fan, just pointing out range!). The book is beautifully produced in three column format and extremely rich in… Read more
A Londoner's Diary: December 1836 by Luke Mouland
One is used to reading the edited diaries of famous people, a common enough genre. They are successful and enjoyable for many obvious reasons but not least because they are slightly voyeuristic. Now with the explosion of the genealogy "industry" and more cost-effective ways of reaching readers through the Internet, light is being shone - through diaries - on the daily existence of "ordinary" people. And so it is here, with this marvellous edition of Anthony Evans' journal. Without wishing to take credit away from editor Luke Mouland, the book mostly writes itself because Evans was a very capable writer: I believe those with a good education in the 19th Century wrote much better than their… Read more