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Conservative Revolutionary – Richard J Evans’ Book of the Year

Added on 13/11/2019

Lewis Namier has long held a legendary status among historians. Hayton shows both why his work on 18th-century politics was hailed as revolutionary on its first appearance, and why it is no longer influential today. Masterly

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Conservative Revolutionary reviewed in History Today

Added on 11/11/2019

Some biographies approach in style the character of their subjects. It’s true of this biography of Lewis Namier, a British historian of the mid-20th century. David Hayton on Namier, like Namier, is precise, yet ready to wield an ethical pen.

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The Letters of Cole Porter reviewed in The Times

Added on 10/11/2019

Cole Porter’s songs glitter and dazzle, and beneath the veneer of Fifth Avenue sophistication they are often surprisingly frank about the joys of sex. Let’s Do It, Let’s Fall in Love is much more than a request to hold hands.

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Crises of the Sentence reviewed in the Times Literary Supplement

Added on 08/11/2019

So which will it be? The ascetic dictums of The Elements of Style, William Strunk and E. B. White’s standard compositional manual, which cautions against “unnecessary words” – or the unrepentantly roiling verbosity of Walt Whitman?

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Move On Up reviewed in the Times Literary Supplement

Added on 08/11/2019

Chicago is not perhaps an obvious choice as a creative and influential hub of soul music, especially once the record labels Vee-Jay and Chess are in the rearview mirror. There was Maurice White, the Staples and Curtis Mayfield…

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Novel Houses by Christina Hardyment reviewed in the Guardian

Added on 01/11/2019

Where, or rather what, would Rebecca be without Manderley, The Forsyte Saga without Robin Hill or Howards End without, well, Howards End? In this collection of 20 sparkling mini-essays, Christina Hardyment sets out …

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Legacy of Empire reviewed in the Tablet

Added on 01/11/2019

A few years ago, I was standing with an Israeli acquaintance on a viewing platform looking across Jerusalem. The panorama before us, he assured me, would tell me everything I needed to know about the Israeli-Palestinian conflict.

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Nicosia Beyond Barriers reviewed in the Morning Star

Added on 29/10/2019

This anthology of work by writers across the dividing “green line” reflects the growing contestation of the divisive, right-wing nationalist “Turkish-Cypriot” official narratives and the emergence of unifying, inclusive, perspectives …

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Now and Then featured in the Daily Mail

Added on 24/10/2019

An evocative series of portraits capturing Britain’s ‘ordinary folk’ in working class communities over a period of 25 years have been brought together in a stunning new collection. One of Britain’s foremost photographers, [Daniel] Meadows …

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The Letters of Cole Porter featured in The Times

Added on 21/10/2019

A pair of British academics, who have compiled Porter’s correspondence into a forthcoming book entitled The Letters of Cole Porter, found that the musician’s private life was at odds with his public image as a wealthy man bouncing …

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Marie Antoinette reviewed in The Times

Added on 21/10/2019

Hardman utilises years of researching the fall of the French monarchy, weaving in accounts by those who knew, loved or loathed Marie Antoinette, to offer a broadly convincing portrait of a woman who “inspired loyalty in strangers …

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Ahab’s Rolling Sea by Richard J. King reviewed in New Scientist

Added on 21/10/2019

[The author] studied Melville’s original sources to work out what he probably knew rather than what he wrote, delved into specimen tanks below the Natural History Museum in London, interviewed scientists and took to the seas …

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