52 Books Challenge: #6 Magna Carta; The True Story


I first gazed upon an "original copy" of the Magna Carta about 10 years ago in Salisbury Cathedral. Housed in a special room and enclosed in a large glass case its size and look bears no resemblance to the power and influence this document has had on world history over 800 years. I also visited … Continue reading 52 Books Challenge: #6 Magna Carta; The True Story

52 Books Challenge: #5 Buddhism For Busy People


I don’t think I’ve ever written a negative review of any book I’ve read. If it’s bad I would usually just chuck it at the point I’d had enough and move on. So, am I about to write a negative review on this book? Well ..... yes and no! It’s my own fault of course, … Continue reading 52 Books Challenge: #5 Buddhism For Busy People

52 Books Challenge: #4 Children of Time


I rarely write reviews of works of fiction, but this book is part of my 52 Books Challenge with Goodreads so I'd better get used to it. Children of Time is a science fiction novel written by Adrian Tchaikovsky and is the first in what is to become a space operaseries. It tells the story of … Continue reading 52 Books Challenge: #4 Children of Time

52 Books Challenge: #3 Time, Big Ideas!


Time, written by Eva Hoffman is one of the books in the Big Ideas series in which writers are encouraged to think about our world afresh including politics, our passions and preoccupations, and our ways of seeing the world. They are meant to stir debate ...... let's see if it's worked with myself, and then … Continue reading 52 Books Challenge: #3 Time, Big Ideas!

52 Book Challenge: #2 The Reluctant Professor


John Carey is a retired professor in English Literature, emeritus professor Merton College Oxford who is perhaps best known for his "anti-elitist views on high culture. He has chaired the Booker and the Man Booker prize awards on several occasions, and has been chief reviewer of books for a number of media outlets including the … Continue reading 52 Book Challenge: #2 The Reluctant Professor