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The Perilous Question, by Antonia Fraser.

The Perilous Question is is the perfect antidote to people who think politics is boring. As a student of history I had heard about the 1832 Reform Act, but I had no idea what dramatic stories surround it. To some … Continue reading

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The Moonstone, by Wilkie Collins

T.S. Eliot described The Moonstone as ‘the first, the best, and the longest of all detective novels’ and it is hard to disagree with any of that. I read this book many years ago, but was able to enjoy it … Continue reading

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Telling Stories, by Beverley Jones

This is an excellent debut novel. Bev Jones has worked as a journalist in the South Wales area and she uses the background and her experience to full effect. The story starts with a group of young students at Cardiff … Continue reading

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Destiny Disrupted by Tamim Ansary

This is a great book. If you ever wanted to know how Muslims see the world, and how their idea of world history differs from that commonly taught in the west, then this book has the answer. Not only that, … Continue reading

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Dark Horse, by John Bartlett

When I first read Chequered Justice I had not heard of John Bartlett and I had no interest in motor racing. But to my surprise I found he had written a marvellous, horrifying book which was impossible to put down. … Continue reading

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Marching with Caesar; Conquest of Gaul, by R.W.Peake.

This is probably a man’s book. It is immensely long and most of it is about fighting. The author has certainly done his research; he has studied Roman history, even to the extent, he tells us, of kitting himself out … Continue reading

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Law and Disorder: Confessions of a Pupil Barrister, by Tim Kevan

This is a lively, amusing, funny, cynical, compelling fiction about the life of a pupil barrister – Babybarista – in a set of chambers in London. It’s also, in its way, quite horrifying: if only half of the stories in … Continue reading

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