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Grace Blakeley’s best books on how banking rules the world

Added on 21/10/2019

From a psychological study of city bankers to the ‘delusion of thrift’ in John Lanchester’s novel Capital, Grace Blakeley [the author of Stolen: How to Save the World from Financialisation] shares her favourite titles on the power of banks.


Natalie Olah takes a psychosocial look at the roots of Britain’s classist society

Added on 17/10/2019

I’ve got a radical idea that instead of focusing on the symptoms of poor mental health, as we so often do, we should begin to look at some of the causes, starting with the assumption that those in power got there entirely under their own …


The Elizabethan Image reviewed in the Times Literary Supplement

Added on 16/10/2019

In June 1968, Roy Strong – shortly after his sensational appointment, at the age of thirty-one, as Director of the National Portrait Gallery – reviewed a “Jackdaw” on Elizabeth I for the Spectator. Jackdaws were a series of …


Legacy of Empire reviewed in The Balfour Project

Added on 14/10/2019

“Nimbyism”, for readers unfamiliar with the term, crops up regularly in Gardner Thompson’s eloquent account of the disastrous course and consequences, still with us, of Britain’s 31 years ownership of and faltering rule in Palestine.


Paul Baker’s Fabulosa! reviewed in .Cent Magazine

Added on 11/10/2019

Published in August 2019, fifty years after Stonewall, Paul Baker’s new book Fabulosa! The Story of Polari, Britain’s Secret Gay Language reveals a significant part of this underground community: the language of Polari, primarily …


Heritage Apples featured in the Guardian

Added on 09/10/2019

Picture the scene: you walk into your local pizzeria, and on the menu is a choice between margherita and romana … no fiorentina and definitely no double pepperoni with extra cheese. Wouldn’t you feel short-changed?


Volcanoes and Wine reviewed in New Scientist

Added on 07/10/2019

Wines and volcanoes might seem an exotic pairing. But, as volcanologist Charles Frankel reveals here, the two are deeply entwined. Modern vintages enjoy playing on their volcanic roots, and an association has in fact existed for …


Will and Testament reviewed in the New York Times

Added on 02/10/2019

Hjorth’s prose, in Barslund’s translation, mostly marches steadily in a plain tone that plays against the novel’s volatile contents. But the cumulative effect is hypnotic. The narrator, Bergljot, is a theater critic in her 50s.


Will and Testament reviewed in the New Yorker

Added on 30/09/2019

“Will and Testament” was a sensation in Norway, a best-seller and the winner of the Norwegian Critics Prize. Already one of Norway’s preëminent authors, Hjorth, who has written more than twenty novels, became a media fixation…


Heritage Apples reviewed in the Reckless Gardener

Added on 21/09/2019

The sheer beauty of the paintings from The Herefordshire Pomona, reproduced in this new book, are simply delightful and serve for easy identification of the apples, making it easier to identify a Yorkshire Greening from a Tom Putt …


London’s hidden world revealed in the Daily Mail

Added on 18/09/2019

There’s a secret world within London, behind locked doors and lost entrances. That’s according to a fascinating new book, Hidden London: Discovering the Forgotten Underground, which explores a world of abandoned stations…


The Walls Have Ears featured in the Daily Express

Added on 16/09/2019

The story of the captured [German] generals and intelligence revealed by the covert surveillance has been highlighted by a new book, The Walls Have Ears. Historian Helen Fry interviewed Eric [Mark] and combed through thousands of …