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Marvels and Mysteries of the Unexplained by Karen Farrington
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Karen Farrington has pulled together an incredibly eclectic collection of mysteries. Where else can you read about, for example, black holes and the ghost of Marilyn Monroe within the covers of the same book? Despite the broad spread of subject matter, she manages to make every story spellbinding and provide a reassuring reminder that we are a long way from understanding everything in this world.
The History of Art: Painting from Giotto to the Pr&hellip by A N Hodge
This is a pretty good guide for anyone who wants to get a broad brushtroke (pardon the pun) understanding of how and when the different styles evolved and who their chief protagonists were, starting with the Italian Renaissance. As the author admits in the intro, "it's no straightforward task to present painting as a chronological history of styles and movements," but AN Hodge makes a good fist of placing the great paintings and artists of the western world in context, especially with the timelines at the start of each chapter that tell you what other famous characters and events were making headlines at the time.
Deadly Duos: Partners in Crime and Their Addiction&hellip by Paul Roland
Oh boy, this is tough reading and I wouldn't recommend reading too many of these stories in one go, but it has to be said that Paul Roland has done a hell of a good job in getting across the full horror of what these people did. Most of them make Bonnie and Clyde look like Jack and Jill and I guess the lesson is that when too sick psychos come together there really is no limit to the depths they'll sink to.