Book Review: Cross Channel


A slight pause in my ancestry blogging as I post here a review of a book of short stories about the British in France by Julian Barnes, revealing, thought provoking and occasionally hilarious! I quite like France, especially many of their cultural aspects, the people and of course the wine. Reading this book took me … Continue reading Book Review: Cross Channel

Book Review: The Art of Travel


This is the book, written by Alain de Botton, that completely revolutionised our approach to travel, opening our eyes to our surroundings, putting us in touch with our environment ...... this book is mindfulness personified. Structurally the book is divided into four main sections ......... Departure, Motives, Landscape, Art, with each one being the focus … Continue reading Book Review: The Art of Travel

Book Review: The Lemon Table – Julian Barnes


Another fine selection of short stories from Julian Barnes summed up in an introduction to the book: "From the salon where an old man measures out his life in haircuts, to the concert hall where a music lover carries out an obsessive campaign against those who cough during performances; from the woman reading elaborate recipes … Continue reading Book Review: The Lemon Table – Julian Barnes

Book Review: The Consolations of Philosophy


I am a huge fan of Alain de Botton whose books take some quite heavy subjects and make them accessible to the rest of "us plebs". I bought this particular book as it seemed to take the philosophy of ancients such as Socrates and apply it to modern day questions. The title of de Botton’s … Continue reading Book Review: The Consolations of Philosophy