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The Toddler in Chief reviewed in the Times

Added on 06/05/2020

When Donald Trump wonders aloud whether injecting disinfectant into people could help with Covid-19, we have a right to be worried. A right to ask whatever happened to the “aristocracy of talent …

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Crime Dot Com featured in BBC News

Added on 04/05/2020

Today is the twentieth anniversary of the Love Bug, the first global computer virus. Geoff White, the Technology Reporter for BBC News and the author of Crime Dot Com, managed to track down its creator.

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Designing London’s Public Spaces reviewed in CNJ

Added on 04/05/2020

In a new book, Designing London’s Public Spaces: Post-War and Now by University of Westminster academic Susannah Hagan, the story of how the new British Library was built …

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The Kinks: Songs of the Semi-Detached reviewed in the Daily Mail

Added on 04/05/2020

When virtually every other pop composer was writing only about falling in love, [Dave] Davies was writing about a vast spectrum of human feelings and impulses – loneliness, nostalgia, respectability …

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The Edwardians and their Houses featured in the SAHGB

Added on 04/05/2020

Timothy Brittain-Catlin’s latest project takes a fresh – even radical – new look at Edwardian domestic architecture, encompassing politics, conservation and the evolving architectural media of the era.

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The Romance of American Communism reviewed in the Guardian

Added on 01/05/2020

This isn’t a book about dangerous revolutionaries or what a communist America might actually have looked like – it isn’t even exactly about politics. Instead it is about people whom Gornick …

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Why I Write? reviewed in the Times Literary Supplement

Added on 01/05/2020

Anyone seeking a quick primer to the exceptional literary art of Bohumil Hrabal (1914–97) need look no further than the opening shots of Věra Chytilová’s short film The World Cafeteria. There we see, in quick succession: a raucous wedding …

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A Little History of Poetry featured in the New Statesman

Added on 29/04/2020

(…) for more than 50 years, [John Carey’s] taut, spry, flexible, idiomatic style has enabled him to engage a large non-specialist audience without, for the most part, stinting his deep infectious belief that literature is serious, and matters.

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Survey of London: Volume 53 reviewed in the Guardian

Added on 29/04/2020

Volume 53 of the Survey of London is a bravura exercise in social and cultural history, topography and architecture. With Oxford Street under threat from internet shopping and now made ghostly by the pandemic, in this book’s pages …

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Eileen Gray, Designer and Architect praised in the Guardian

Added on 29/04/2020

You might think of 1920s Paris as being at the cutting edge of modern style, but it took the bedroom fantasy of an Irishwoman from County Wexford to catch the eye of the European avant garde. Her curious design is reproduced …

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The Toddler in Chief reviewed in the New Statesman

Added on 29/04/2020

Daniel Drezner, a political science professor and regular contributor to the Washington Post, develops two propositions in this crisp, witty and highly readable philippic. The first is that “Donald Trump …

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The Multifarious Mr Banks reviewed in the Sunday Times

Added on 26/04/2020

Joseph Banks was the most famous man in England when, in 1771, aged 28, he returned from circumnavigating the world with Captain James Cook aboard Endeavour. Yet now he is all but forgotten.

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