Non-Fiction

Becoming by Michelle Obama

Becoming by Michelle Obama

Becoming by Michelle Obama is a book everybody seems to talk about. I didn’t like at all the picture on the front cover. She seems more like a pop star than the former First Lady. Regardless, I was curious and so I reserved it at […]

The Art of Statistics by David Spiegelhalter

The Art of Statistics by David Spiegelhalter

At University I had a fabulous professor of statistics, so that year it was one of the subjects I liked best. By chance I’ve seen a book about statistics, The Art of Statistics by David Spiegelhalter, that was published this year. Thus, I borrowed it […]

12 rules for life by Jordan Peterson

12 rules for life by Jordan Peterson

I wanted to read 12 rules for life by Jordan Peterson – An Antidote to Chaos after seeing Jordan Peterson in an old Munk Debate. He was arguing against political correctness. His side won with a gain of 6%, but, more than that, he was […]

The Future of Capitalism by Paul Collier

The Future of Capitalism by Paul Collier

I like Collier’s writing style and I’ve been reading a few books by him. The latest one being The Future of Capitalism by Paul Collier, with the subtitle Facing the New Anxieties, a book published last year. Sir Paul Collier is a world-renowned economist, professor […]

The boy who followed his father into Auschwitz by Jeremy Dronfield

The boy who followed his father into Auschwitz by Jeremy Dronfield

The boy who followed his father into Auschwitz by Jeremy Dronfield is a true story, non-fiction book about a son and a father living in concentration camps during the Holocaust. I’ve been reading quite a few books about the Holocaust and this one is one […]

Salt: A World History by Mark Kurlansky

Salt: A World History by Mark Kurlansky

Salt: A World History by Mark Kurlansky… a history of salt in 400+ pages? Seem a bit too much, but it’s not. Salt is fascinating, its history and there are a lot of recipes too. I have to confess I skipped the meat-based recipes as […]

The Time Traveller’s Guide to Elizabethan England by Ian Mortimer

The Time Traveller’s Guide to Elizabethan England by Ian Mortimer

The Time Traveller’s Guide to Elizabethan England by Ian Mortimer is a fantastic book. I’ve enjoyed it as much as I’ve enjoyed the first book in the series, about time travelling to Medieval England. The way he presents the ideas is funny, but also easy […]

The Cut Out Girl by Bart van Es

The Cut Out Girl by Bart van Es

The Cut Out Girl by Bart van Es – A Story of War and Family, Lost and Found. It won The Costa Book of the Year 2018. In 2014, he began to look into his family’s wartime history, as he was aware that his grandparents […]

Erebus by Michael Palin

Erebus by Michael Palin

Erebus by Michael Palin – The Story of a Ship. It is a book about, in theory, a ship. In practice is a mix of details about the ship and its voyages and, also, descriptions of things that have nothing in common with the ship. […]

The Comet Sweeper by Claire Broke

The Comet Sweeper by Claire Broke

On my trip to London last month, I went to the Royal Observatory in Greenwich and there I’ve discovered The Comet Sweeper by Claire Broke in the gift shop. I bought the book, as I wanted to read more about Caroline Herschel. Funnily enough, three […]

Avignon to Croxteth by Maureen Lavelle

Avignon to Croxteth by Maureen Lavelle

With April approaching, I’ve read Avignon to Croxteth by Maureen Lavelle. I’m volunteering at Croxteth Hall, a lovely historic house in Liverpool. This book is about Raymond Lempereur, Chef to the last Earl of Sefton. He lived at Croxteth for many years and, when I […]

Wild Swans: Three Daughters of China by Jung Chang

Wild Swans: Three Daughters of China by Jung Chang

Wild Swans: Three Daughters of China by Jung Chang is the true story of three amazing women, the grandmother, mother, and daughter. I decided to choose history as a category for this book because despite it being personal, it shows a lot of the Chinese […]

Matilda by Tracy Borman

Matilda by Tracy Borman

Matilda by Tracy Borman – Wife of the Conqueror, First Queen of England. It’s not the first book I read by Tracy Borman and surely it will not be the last. Soon I’m getting another one of her books from the library, because I like […]

Queen Elizabeth II: Her Life in Our Times by Sarah Bradford

Queen Elizabeth II: Her Life in Our Times by Sarah Bradford

I did like the sound of the book Queen Elizabeth II: Her Life in Our Times by Sarah Bradford, and, luckily, I could borrow it from the library. I think the book was lovely, but I gave it only 3.5 stars because I wanted to […]

What Happened by Hillary Rodham Clinton

What Happened by Hillary Rodham Clinton

What Happened by Hillary Rodham Clinton is a book I wanted to read after seeing her delivering the University of Oxford Romanes Lecture last year. As today is International Women’s Day I thought it will be appropriate to share my review of her book. The […]

1000 Years of Annoying the French by Stephen Clarke

1000 Years of Annoying the French by Stephen Clarke

“You should not judge a book by its cover” is well known, but what about a title? 1000 Years of Annoying the French by Stephen Clarke sounded too funny not to borrow it from the library. I loved this book! It’s hilarious. I’m going to […]