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A small, stubborn town by Andrew Harding

A small, stubborn town by Andrew Harding

A small, stubborn town by Andrew Harding – life, death and defiance in Ukraine – is a book on a town in Ukraine, Voznesensk. Just as I finished reading the book and I was searching for details on Voznesensk, I saw the news published less…

Getting out by Jonathan Campion

Getting out by Jonathan Campion

Getting out by Jonathan Campion – the Ukrainian cricket team’s last stand on the front lines of war – is a book I borrowed from the library by chance. I was looking for another book and this stood out because of its title. I had…

Democracy by Margaret Atwood

Democracy by Margaret Atwood

Democracy by Margaret Atwood – Eleven writers and leaders on what it is – and why it matters – is a book published recently. I saw it while I was on holiday in France and my husband bought it for me. As yesterday was a…

Tea, Coffee & Chocolate by Melanie King

Tea, Coffee & Chocolate by Melanie King

Tea, Coffee & Chocolate by Melanie King – How We Fell in Love with Caffeine – is a book I bought from the Bodleian gift shop. It is a small book, but really great. It covers tea, coffee, and chocolate in their own chapters, although…

Night by Elie Wiesel

Night by Elie Wiesel

Night by Elie Wiesel is a book I wanted to read for a while. Now that my studies finished, I can read the books I postponed. Elie was born in what is today Romania. I’ve read a lot of books on the Holocaust, but this…

The Harvest of Sorrow by Robert Conquest

The Harvest of Sorrow by Robert Conquest

The Harvest of Sorrow by Robert Conquest – Soviet Collectivisation and the Terror-Famine – is a classic. I bought it a few months ago and read parts of it. This month I read it cover to cover. What a fantastic book. It is the first…

The College Graces of Oxford and Cambridge by Reginald H. Adams

The College Graces of Oxford and Cambridge by Reginald H. Adams

The College Graces of Oxford and Cambridge by Reginald H. Adams is a book usually bought by tourists and, most likely, finalists like me. I got this from the Bodleian library gift shop last time I went to the library. I wanted to get one…

The Book of the Queen’s Dolls’ House by Lawrence Weaver

The Book of the Queen’s Dolls’ House by Lawrence Weaver

The Book of the Queen’s Dolls’ House by Lawrence Weaver, A.C. Benson, and E. V. Lucas. The one I read had the note: “This edition is limited to 1,500 copies of which this is no. 322.” This year marks the 100th anniversary of the Dolls’…

Last Bus to Woodstock by Colin Dexter

Last Bus to Woodstock by Colin Dexter

Last Bus to Woodstock by Colin Dexter is a murder mystery I wanted to read because it was happening in Oxford. I thought it would be fun to read something specific. The book had that, the local things which I found amusing. For example he…

The Queen’s Dolls’ House by Lucinda Lambton

The Queen’s Dolls’ House by Lucinda Lambton

The Queen’s Dolls’ House by Lucinda Lambton is a fascinating book about a piece of art. It was never intended to be used as a children’s toy. It was created to thank Queen Mary in the early 1920s for her involvement in the war effort…

The Vanquished by Robert Gerwarth

The Vanquished by Robert Gerwarth

The Vanquished by Robert Gerwarth – Why the First World War Failed to End, 1917-1923 – is a non-fiction book on European history. While in the west WWI ended on 11 November 1918, which is now commemorated as Remembrance Day in UK, the fighting did…

The Miniature Library of Queen Mary’s Dolls’ House by Elizabeth Ashby

The Miniature Library of Queen Mary’s Dolls’ House by Elizabeth Ashby

I bought The Miniature Library of Queen Mary’s Dolls’ House by Elizabeth Ashby from Windsor. It is the 100th anniversary of the Dolls’ House, so I wanted to read about it. I also bought a book on the Dolls’ House. This one, on the library…

Chronicles of Wasted Time by Malcolm Muggeridge

Chronicles of Wasted Time by Malcolm Muggeridge

Chronicles of Wasted Time by Malcolm Muggeridge is a memoir published in 1972. This is volume 1, which is relevant to my studies. While I read the memoir for my studies, it is a funny account which is understandable why it was popular when it…

One Life, One Kopeck by Walter Duranty

One Life, One Kopeck by Walter Duranty

One Life, One Kopeck by Walter Duranty – is a fiction book published in 1937. It’s rather dark and I gave it only 2 stars. As I am studying Duranty and have a very low opinion of him I might be biased, but I don’t…

Stalinist perpetrators on trial by Lynne Viola

Stalinist perpetrators on trial by Lynne Viola

Stalinist perpetrators on trial by Lynne Viola – Scenes from the Great Terror in Soviet Ukraine – is a fascinating book, well worth reading. The Purges or the Great Terror are well-known. Between 1937 and 1938 over 1.5 million people were arrested and hundreds of…

Modernization from the Other Shore by David Engerman

Modernization from the Other Shore by David Engerman

Modernization from the Other Shore by David Engerman – American Intellectuals and the Romance of Russian Development – is an interesting book, written nicely which might appeal to a wider range of people and not just people in academia. I think the book would have…