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Elizabeth I and Her Circle by Susan Doran

Elizabeth I and Her Circle by Susan Doran

Elizabeth I and Her Circle by Susan Doran. The book aims to show the inside story of Elizabeth I’s inner circle, including her dealings with her Stewart and Suffolk cousins. I was surprised that the book was so pro-Elizabeth instead of being neutral. I’m going […]

The Magic of Reality by Richard Dawkins

The Magic of Reality by Richard Dawkins

I bought this book, The Magic of Reality by Richard Dawkins: How We Know What’s Really True, in February when I went to London for Darwin Day Lecture. I bought a few books from there and I did read most of them, but I also […]

Tudor England and its Neighbours by Glenn Richardson, Susan Doran

Tudor England and its Neighbours by Glenn Richardson, Susan Doran

This book, Tudor England and its Neighbours by Glenn Richardson, Susan Doran, is one of the books I have on my to-read list from the University. It was a great read, as it offers quite different perspectives. Glenn Richardson and Susan Doran are editors, while […]

Edward VI by Jennifer Loach

Edward VI by Jennifer Loach

The book Edward VI by Jennifer Loach has a very sad story. The author died of cancer before being able to complete the book, so two other historians edited the book using material she prepared. It is also thanks to George Bernard and Penry Williams […]

Fires of faith by Eamon Duffy

Fires of faith by Eamon Duffy

Fires of faith by Eamon Duffy – Catholic England under Mary Tudor is definitely an interesting book to read. It is written by a catholic and presents the history from this point of view. Of course Mary’s reign is presented as bloody from a protestant […]

How the French Won Waterloo by Stephen Clarke

How the French Won Waterloo by Stephen Clarke

How the French Won Waterloo by Stephen Clarke – or Think They Did was published in the 200th Anniversary year of the Battle of Waterloo. It’s the second book I read by Clarke and it will not the last. His style is hilarious, I loved […]

The Victorian Catalogue by Dorothy Bosomworth

The Victorian Catalogue by Dorothy Bosomworth

The Victorian Catalogue by Dorothy Bosomworth – Of Household Goods: A Complete Compendium Of Over Five Thousand Items To Furnish And Decorate The Victorian Home. I was at the Hall I’m volunteering when a colleague brought in this book from the Hall’s library. I was […]

Henry VIII and the men who made him by Tracy Borman

Henry VIII and the men who made him by Tracy Borman

Henry VIII and the men who made him by Tracy Borman is the third book I read by her. I really enjoyed the other two and I had high expectations for this one as well. Unfortunately the book was not as good as the other […]

Books for IELTS

Books for IELTS

As I recently took the IELTS test, I thought it would be a good idea to talk about the books for IELTS, as I did spent a lot of time browsing through them and making practice tests. Furthermore, if you want to read about my […]

Jiddy Vardy by Ruth Estevez

Jiddy Vardy by Ruth Estevez

I received Jiddy Vardy by Ruth Estevez from the publishers* for the purpose of this review. While I’m always happy to receive books, this will not guarantee a positive review unless I’m happy with the book. In this case I wasn’t and I gave it […]

Lolita by Vladimir Nabokov

Lolita by Vladimir Nabokov

Lolita by Vladimir Nabokov is one of the most controversial novels of the twentieth century. It is one of the classic books I challenged myself to read this year. I was reluctant to pick it, because of the story, but I was curious at the […]

Homo Deus by Yuval Noah Harari

Homo Deus by Yuval Noah Harari

Homo Deus by Yuval Noah Harari – A Brief History of Tomorrow is the second book I read by Harari. Like the one before that, Sapiens, this is a must read. I’ve enjoyed reading it and I will re-read it. I mentioned when I was […]

Absolute Certainty and Other Fictions by Pere Grima

Absolute Certainty and Other Fictions by Pere Grima

Absolute Certainty and Other Fictions by Pere Grima – The Secrets of Statistics. This is book #13 in the Our Mathematical World collection by National Geographic. I’ve enjoyed reading it. It has some basic notions on experiments that I imagine most readers will remember; for […]

Plenty by Yotam Ottolenghi

Plenty by Yotam Ottolenghi

I saw a recommendation for Plenty by Yotam Ottolenghi on Kelly’s blog (at ksrgmck.wordpress.com). I love reading recipes and trying them out, so I looked for the book at one of my local libraries. They had it and so I borrowed it. I was so […]

The Queen’s English by Bernard C. Lamb

The Queen’s English by Bernard C. Lamb

The Queen’s English by Bernard C. Lamb – And How to Use It. It is a short guide, filled with useful information. Lamb is the President of the Queen’s English Society, so a uniquely qualified person to write a book on Queen’s English. The book […]

English for the natives by Harry Ritchie

English for the natives by Harry Ritchie

English for the natives by Harry Ritchie – Discover the grammar you don’t know you know. I got this book from the library because I wanted to review a bit of grammar, in preparation for a test I’m taking. Well, this book proved to be […]