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
Another standalone novel from Reginald Hill, The Stranger House is set once again in his (and my) native Cumbria. The action centres on the village pub in Illthwaite, Stranger House, almost the last surviving “social centre” of the village having lost its shops and its post office, but still having its church, several farms, and … Continue reading 52 Books Challenge: #13 The Stranger House
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