Introduction The Baroque Cycle is a trilogy comprising Quicksilver, The Confusion and The System of The World set between the late 17th to mid 18th Century. Politics and pirates, UK, USA and Europe, coinage and counterfeiters, alchemy and natural philosophy,… Read More ›
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… Read More ›
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… Read More ›
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… Read More ›