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The World Until Yesterday: What Can We Learn from &hellip by Jared Diamond
Jared Diamond is a wonderful polymath - I think he originally trained as a zoologist and first went to New Guinea to study its birds. He is now professor of geography at UCLA and his writings cover anthropology, evolutionary biology, ethics, ecology and human history. By far his best book is 'Guns, Germs and Steel', is a history of the human race for the whole of our existence; it is arguably one of the most influential non-fiction books ever written - so start with that and if you like his work keep reading. He is now seventy-five and 'The World Until Yesterday' is a reflection and distillation of much of his professional life. The theme, as expressed in the subtitle, allows him to roam… Read more
Roy Jenkins by John Campbell
Roy Jenkins by John Campbell
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John Campbell is a good biographer of figures like John Major and Mrs Thatcher. Politically he is closer to Jenkins than either of them, but this is an asset - he remains objective throughout, whilst managing to capture the real sense of excitement about Jenkins' period as a reforming Home Secretary and the early days of the SDP, when they came incredibly close to breaking the old two party mould. It is fascinating reading it in 2014, after Liberal Democrats managed to become part of Government for the first time in almost 100 years and as a result may find themselves on the brink of destruction. An other interesting contemporary take is how Britain's membership of the EU, which Jenkins… Read more
Line of Sight by Christina Koning
Line of Sight by Christina Koning
In what promises to be the first in a great new series - the 'Blind Detective' - A C Koning was written a page-turning thriller set in the 1920s. The chief protagonist, who is only a detective by virtue of finding himself at the centre of events, is Fred Rowlands, blinded in the First World War and at the start of the novel working as a telephonist in a City Law Firm. Puzzling events, including murder, unfold around him. He is in part victim, in part the unwitting instigator, but also the diligent investigator. And in the best tradition of this kind of tale, he is also morally conflicted and potentially compromised. The story cracks along at a great pace and held my interest during a recent… Read more