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Bread Winner reviewed in the Guardian

Added on 06/07/2020

As a lad in 1880s Bermondsey Sid Causer appeased his hunger by filching fruit from market barrows. Louie Stride, brought up dirt poor in genteel Bath, thought nothing of looking for dinner in the gutter.

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Merpeople: A Human History reviewed in Literary Review

Added on 03/07/2020

You probably believe that merpeople – sirens, tritons – are imaginary creatures, but how can you be absolutely sure? Benjamin Franklin boasted about his rationality, yet in 1736 he informed readers of his Pennsylvania Gazette …

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London’s New Scene reviewed in the Guardian

Added on 03/07/2020

In Lisa Tickner’s exploration of seven key events in the art world between 1962 and 1968 we are drawn into experiences that smashed through the old ways of doing things – in the gallery, on TV, in films – with confident flair, irony and cool wit.

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The Edwardians and Their Houses reviewed in the Oldie magazine

Added on 01/07/2020

Edwardian houses come in all sorts but the one aspect that defines them is an often eccentric homage to a romanticised national past: pitched roofs, pantiles, mullions, beams perhaps or Queen Anne gables.

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The Clock Mirage reviewed in the Spectator

Added on 27/06/2020

[Joseph] Mazur is out to muddy time’s waters, dismantling the easy opposition between clock time and mental time, between physics and philosophy, between science and feeling. That split made little sense even in 1922 …

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The Survey of London reviewed in Fitzrovia News

Added on 22/06/2020

The Survey, founded in 1894, is a research project to produce a comprehensive architectural survey of central London and its suburbs. Volume 53 of the Survey, 440 pages in length, traces the story of Oxford Street from Roman times to today …

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The Clock Mirage reviewed in The Arts Desk

Added on 21/06/2020

From the first astronauts to visit the Moon to experimental dwellers in a darkened cave, the book fills with examples of the disparity between the “scaled measure” of time mandated by scientists, horologists and bureaucrats …

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Plague Years among this week’s best science picks in Nature

Added on 19/06/2020

Epidemics happen for a reason” writes Ross Slotten, a gay man and family doctor in Chicago, Illinois, who treated people with AIDS in the 1980s and still works with some of the 40 million globally living with HIV.

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Margaret Willes introduces The Domestic Herbal in Spitalfields Life

Added on 17/06/2020

London grew rapidly from the late fifteen-hundreds, becoming the largest city in western Europe by the end of the next century. The possession of a garden was a luxury for the few, so markets were a vital source of fruit …

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John Cage: A Mycological Foray reviewed in AnOther

Added on 17/06/2020

Cage’s lifelong love affair with funghi was born of necessity. He first discovered the magic of mushrooms during the Great Depression when, lacking the money to buy food, he began foraging in his native California environs for sustenance.

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John Cage: A Mycological Foray reviewed in the Financial Times

Added on 16/06/2020

Atelier Éditions’s beautifully produced new book is a homage to the composer and artist’s love affair with fungi. Cage co-founded the New York Mycological Society and used to forage mushrooms for the restaurants and hotels …

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Dimes Times reviewed in the Financial Times

Added on 16/06/2020

Dimes has been the hot, healthy café of choice for cool New Yorkers for the past seven years. Its inventively designed cookbook, Dimes Times: Emotional Eating, is a fitting reflection of its approach. “The book pays homage to our …

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