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Stanley Kubrick: American Filmmaker reviewed in the Independent

Added on 11/08/2020

Pauline Kael was no fan of Stanley Kubrick’s movies. She deplored his “arctic spirit”. She compared A Clockwork Orange to the work of a Teutonic professor. In her review of 2001: A Space Odyssey, she wrote: “It’s a bad, bad sign…

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Finding Dora Marr reviewed in the Guardian

Added on 11/08/2020

Brigitte Benkemoun, a French journalist, gets her story off to an intriguing start. She explains that after her husband lost his small Hermès diary, she managed to find a replacement on eBay, listed under “small vintage leather goods”.

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The Great Inoculator reviewed in the Spectator

Added on 06/08/2020

In supposedly unprecedented times, there are compelling reasons to turn to the history of medicine. For hope, that epidemics come to an end; for consolation, that the people of the past suffered even more than us; and for insight into…

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The Cost of Free Money reviewed in the Scotsman

Added on 03/08/2020

As the full impact of the coronavirus pandemic slowly starts to become apparent, the question of economic survival – for individuals, businesses and even nation states – is under intense scrutiny. UK-based Italian economist Paola …

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Poulenc: A Biography reviewed in the Observer

Added on 03/08/2020

Imagine Roger Nichols and Graham Johnson at a dinner party, discussing the composer about whom they have each published an entertaining and learned new biography: Francis Poulenc (1899-1963).

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Edward the Confessor reviewed in the Times

Added on 31/07/2020

Time has its revolutions. Dynasties rise and fall. How did the line of the ancient Saxon king Cerdic lose the crown in 1066 after 571 years? Tom Licence seeks to find the answer. He succeeds marvellously in this new book …

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Danny Dorling’s Slowdown reviewed in the Irish Times

Added on 30/07/2020

According to Dorling, the so-called great acceleration that has occurred in recent generations created the culture in which we live and our expectation for a particular kind of progress. He refers to the large majority of older people …

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The Edwardians and Their Houses reviewed in THE

Added on 27/07/2020

[Timothy Brittain-Catlin’s] book is a wonderful thing, elegantly written and superbly illustrated: it celebrates agreeable human habitats designed by truly creative professionals that show up the dire, ugly, shameful mess being made nowadays.

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An interview with Bernard-Henri Lévy in the Times

Added on 26/07/2020

“People keep saying this is an unprecedented pandemic,” says Bernard-Henri Lévy, France’s rock-star philosopher. “It is not true. Humanity has had to deal with many pandemics, often more grave than this one.”

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Alpha City reviewed in the Times Literary Supplement

Added on 24/07/2020

For the first half of the 20th century, Brooklyn was in disrepair. The area’s elegant brown brick mansions, once owned by New York’s upper class, had either been demolished by the early 1900s or converted into boarding rooms.

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Why Writing Matters reviewed in the Times Literary Supplement

Added on 24/07/2020

A more accurate title for this book would be Why Teaching Writing Matters. Nicholas Delbanco, novelist, critic and Professor Emeritus, distils in its pages the wisdom he gained from half a century of teaching creative writing.

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Out of Bounds reviewed in Burlington Contemporary

Added on 23/07/2020

What we need is arts leaders like Tucker who recognise that the paradigm of equality, ‘can’t just be a matter of programming but has to be somehow inscribed in the heart of an organization’ (p.198).

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