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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…

A Song of Silence by Steve N. Lee

A Song of Silence by Steve N. Lee

A Song of Silence by Steve N. Lee* is the second book I read by him. The first one was To Dream of Shadows. Both stories take place during WWII and both are inspired by real events. Blurb for A Song of Silence by Steve…

Search for a key by Walter Duranty

Search for a key by Walter Duranty

Search for a key by Walter Duranty – a novel based on his life, but has quite a few details fictionalised. I read it for my studies, it is not a book easy to get and it doesn’t seem to be particularly interesting either. While…

War and the Death of News by Martin Bell

War and the Death of News by Martin Bell

War and the Death of News by Martin Bell – Reflections of a Grade B Reporter – is a lovely book. Martin Bell had an impressive career, read at the end of the post the ‘about the author’ bits if you are not familiar with…

USSR by Walter Duranty

USSR by Walter Duranty

USSR by Walter Duranty is boring. This is particularly intriguing considering how readable his other books are. He was wrong about the soviet union and lied and lied and lied. But, nevertheless, his books were interesting to read, his articles were engaging. This one though…

Angels in Stalin’s Paradise by James William Crowl

Angels in Stalin’s Paradise by James William Crowl

Angels in Stalin’s Paradise by James William Crowl – Western reporters in Soviet Russia, 1917 to 1937, a case study of Louis Fischer and Walter Duranty – is a fascinating book. It was published in 1982 and there are a few inaccuracies, but not particularly…

The Kremlin and the People by Walter Duranty

The Kremlin and the People by Walter Duranty

The Kremlin and the People by Walter Duranty is another book I read for my studies. It is a short 1942 book on Stalin, the Kremlin, the Purges, and Kirov’s murder. Because it was published in 1942, the fact that the book is mostly about…

Fighting Evil by Macer Gifford

Fighting Evil by Macer Gifford

Fighting Evil by Macer Gifford – The Ordinary Man who went to War Against ISIS – is such a wonderful book. I’ve been following Macer on Twitter for a while. He is a Brit fighting alongside the Ukrainians, in the army. This book was written…

I Write as I Please by Walter Duranty

I Write as I Please by Walter Duranty

I Write as I Please by Walter Duranty is a memoir of a British-American journalist who worked from moscow for over a decade, in the interwar period. Because it was firstly published in 1935 I included it in the history section of the blog –…