Memories of a chemical boyhood from Oliver Sacks which match many of my own as I also grew up fascinated by many of the discoveries of the giants of chemistry during the 19th and early 20th Century. A fascinating insight into the upbringing of a renowned neurologist.
King Henry VIII is slowly dying and his closest councillors are wielding their increasing freedom of power to pursue their personal agendas of Protestantism or Catholicism. Against this backdrop the general population of London live in absolute terror not knowing whether they could be accused of heresy by EITHER side, even for possession of rosary … Continue reading 52 Books Challenge #24 Lamentation … Of a Sinful Queen Catherine Parr
It is 1545 in England, Henry VIII is still on the throne and has had a disastrous outcome to his invasion of France. The French have assembled a massive fleet and are retaliating by intending to invade England. To finance these campaigns Henry has debased the common currency by adulterating the silver coins with 20% … Continue reading 52 Books Challenge: #23 Heartstone
A review of a rare sci-fi series set almost exclusively on earth and with a realistic storyline. Each book highlights common themes such as a politicised media, global factionism and power-hungry politicians.
Everyone who voted, either way, in the UKs Brexit referendum of 2016 should read this book. Equally it will be extremely enlightening to those of you who are not U.K. citizens/nationals and want to understand Brexit a little better and to consider a philosophers view of identity, the nation state, English Common Law, secularism, globalisation, … Continue reading 52 Books Challenge: #16 Where We Are, The State of Britain Now