Category Archives: Non-fiction

LIST: A mixed bag

Inspired by watching Steve Coogan and Rob Brydon mucking about in Italy (in The Trip to Italy, filmed by Michael Winterbottom), I tried this team’s entertaining adaptation of ‘The Life and Opinions of Tristram Shandy’, A Cock and Bull Story … Continue reading

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REVIEW: Penguin Lines – various authors

The London Underground is 150 years old this year. In commemoration of this, Penguin have issued a series of books, one for each of the Underground Lines (the East London although not now in existence, has its own book, Buttoned … Continue reading

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REVIEW: The Everyday Dancer – Deborah Bull

Deborah Bull was formerly a principal dancer with the Royal Ballet, and her aim in this book is to give an idea about what a typical day (if one exists) in the life of a professional dancer in a large … Continue reading

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Reading in 2012

Well, despite what might be implied by my complete failure to post any reviews during 2012, I was still reading. Good news was that I retrieved most of my books from storage at the end of 2012 (after almost six … Continue reading

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REVIEW: Cosima Wagner: The Lady of Bayreuth – Oliver Hilmes

(Yale University Press 2011) I picked this up at Blackwell’s music shop in Oxford (along with lots of CDs of twentieth century music) – something of a departure for me, since I don’t tend to read biography, and I’m not … Continue reading

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REVIEW: Delusions of Gender – Cordelia Fine

(Icon Books 2010) I was first introduced to this book by Nymeth in her excellent review back in January this year: it sounded interesting enough to buy straight away, though it’s been several months since it was first put onto … Continue reading

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Quirkology – Richard Wiseman

(Macmillan 2008) Wiseman’s book is very similar to Levitt and Dubner’s Freakonomics and Superfreakonomics, in that he tries to explain the quirks of modern life through experimental psychology, in his case, rather than statistics as in Levitt and Dubner’s books. … Continue reading

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To Miss with Love – Katharine Birbalsingh

(Penguin 2011) This book tells the story of a year in the life of a school in inner-city London, from the point of view of a committed teacher. It’s been put together from a blog where Birbalsingh called herself ‘Ms … Continue reading

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Just My Type – Simon Garfield

(Profile Books 2010) subtitled: A Book about Fonts This is a very readable and interesting book about typefaces and their history, and how we have become much more aware of type in our daily lives with the advent of personal … Continue reading

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