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How to Be an Anticapitalist in the 21st Century Guardian review

Added on 30/08/2019

Wright makes the case for what’s wrong with capitalism, what would be better, and how to achieve it. This is the rare book that speaks to both the faithful and the unconverted. You could buy it for your sceptical uncle or militant cousin.

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Illuminated Paris reviewed in the Times Literary Supplement

Added on 30/08/2019

Paris was first referred to as La Ville Lumière in the 18th century, an allusion to its role as the locus of the Enlightenment. The name became prophetically apposite during the 19th century with the city’s embrace of the gas lights.

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Gentlemen of Uncertain Fortune reviewed in the Spectator

Added on 24/08/2019

Readers of Jane Austen gain a clear idea of the task facing the daughters of gentlemen. They need to secure a husband who can enable them to keep or improve their social & economic status. But what about their opposite numbers?

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Pirates review — the lure of the skull & crossbones

Added on 23/08/2019

Except for the silvery ripples created by the ship as it knifed through the dark-blue water, the Bohol Sea was dead calm. Then, as if from nowhere, two small fishing boats appeared and approached the ship to hawk their catch.

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Time Within Time reviewed in the Times Literary Supplement

Added on 23/08/2019

In the beginning is a child. A boy, no more than ten, perhaps younger, sleeping outside in the sun. Each time he opens his eyes he sees his mother first – and then, the world. Once or twice he catches her glance before falling asleep again.

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Isa Leshko’s images plead for the better treatment of animals

Added on 22/08/2019

As the world’s population ages (9% is currently over 65), we are faced with serious economic and social problems. This book of photographs by the US artist Isa Leshko draws us, anthropomorphically, in the world of old animals.

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This New Book Shows The Poetic Side Of Science

Added on 21/08/2019

Scientists aren’t usually known for their poetry, but Sam Illingworth’s A Sonnet To Science highlights the creative side of researchers. The book, with a titular nod to Edgar Allan Poe, profiles six scientists.

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Alvin Baltrop Bronx Exhibition reviewed in the Guardian

Added on 19/08/2019

Bronx-born photographer Alvin Baltrop spent days on end documenting gay life at the piers lining Manhattan’s west side. At times, he did so while living in a van. Now, his intimate imagery, is finally receiving the attention it deserves.

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Behind the Screen reviewed in the Observer

Added on 18/08/2019

All human life is there” used to be the boast of the (mercifully) defunct News of the World. Like everything else in that organ, it wasn’t true: the NoW specialised in randy vicars, chorus girls, Tory spankers and other minority sports.

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Sinan Antoon’s The Book of Collateral Damage reviewed in The National

Added on 15/08/2019

In Sinan Antoon’s The Baghdad Eucharist, which was translated into English in 2017, the fault lines within an Iraqi Christian ­family are mapped and the individual struggles and shared strength of two of its members charted.

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The War for the Seas reviewed by Max Hastings

Added on 04/08/2019

The great NAM Rodger’s history of the Royal Navy argues that the 1757 execution of Admiral Byng for failing to relieve Menorca, far from being ridiculous as Voltaire suggested, galvanised Britain’s seamen.

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McMindfulness reviewed in the Evening Standard

Added on 01/08/2019

If you don’t know what mindfulness is, I’ll put it in a nutshell. Let’s say you’re stressed. Sit quietly and watch the stressful ideas whizzing around your brain. Notice the stress is not real but just a few whizzing ideas. Doesn’t that feel better?

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