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Secrets of Great Ocean Liners featured in the Telegraph

Added on 17/11/2020

In this exclusive extract from his book, ‘Secrets of the Great Ocean Liners’, John G Sayers recalls the golden age of transatlantic travel. During the 1930s, factories were closed around the globe, many people were unemployed …

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Dislocating the Orient and The Ruins Lesson featured in the TLS

Added on 13/11/2020

Daniel Foliard’s Dislocating the Orient: British Maps and the Making of the Middle East, 1854–1921 (Chicago) skilfully examines Victorian and Edwardian conceptions of another “East”, revealing how spiritual journeys …

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The Book of Sleep reviewed in 4Columns

Added on 13/11/2020

Catherine of Siena, nurse to victims of the Black Plague in the 1340s, was one of the eminent refusers of rest. Every two days she would “pay the debt of sleep to the body,” as she called it, with a half-hour nap, but otherwise …

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Imogen Cunningham featured in the Guardian

Added on 11/11/2020

Few women chose to become photographers at the beginning of the 20th century, yet Cunningham’s images – from female nudes to Hollywood portraits – smoothed the way for countless female artists that followed.

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Ahab’s Rolling Sea amongst New Statesman’s Best Books of 2020

Added on 11/11/2020

My books of the year have been richly rewarding companions. Richard J King’s Ahab’s Rolling Sea (…) is both a brilliant reading of the novel and an elegy for the wonders of the sea that we humans are destroying.

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The Great Derangement reviewed in the Independent

Added on 11/11/2020

Novelist Amitav Ghosh argues that what lies at the heart of the climate crisis is a failure of imagination to confront a catastrophe we can’t see. He envisages that our great-grandchildren will look back at our current period as one …

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Idi Amin reviewed in The Sunday Times

Added on 09/11/2020

“Your Majesty,” wrote the Ugandan dictator Idi Amin, in a telegram to the Queen at the height of his butchery in the 1970s, “the economic war which we have been fighting tooth and nail has been honourably won …

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Arts & Crafts Churches featured in the Spectator

Added on 09/11/2020

A beautifully written and designed gazetteer, illustrated in colour throughout with the author’s own excellent photographs, it provides detailed information, lively anecdotes and firm opinions in equal measure.

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The Great British Reboot featured in the Daily Mail

Added on 09/11/2020

Armed with a brutal combination of cannons and bombs, the Tempest fighter aircraft was deep inside enemy territory in Northern France, strafing airfields and attacking radar installations. Its speed and power — at low altitude …

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Fake Heritage: Why We Rebuild Monuments reviewed in TLS

Added on 06/11/2020

Should Palmyra be restored? Should the Bamiyan buddhas be replaced? Should Notre-Dame’s spire be replicated? Such questions seem timeless. Why can’t Greece replace its Parthenon marbles with replicas of those in London?

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Arts of Dying reviewed in the London Review of Books

Added on 05/11/2020

This book begins with a paradox: we speak incessantly of death, yet can’t say anything about it because it has no being. A subsidiary paradox has long puzzled medievalists: ‘It is hard to tell when you read only the poetry of the late 14th century …

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The Book of Sleep extracted in the Paris Review

Added on 03/11/2020

Glowing brighter and brighter. Slowly the eyes open. Rays fall across retinas. Drowsily they roam about and, for a brief spell, memory of reality meshes with this most current impression and the space becomes both familiar and strange.

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