Scott's Book Review

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Past Tense

Lee Child

Fantastic Fiction - Escapes to other places and other times


Lee Child (http://www.leechild.com/) sells crime thriller novels on a shipping container scale. His legion of devoted readers mark their diaries with the...

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New Dark Age

James Bridle

Experimental Evidence - Digital Technologies


The breakneck rush into digital technologies has delivered much that is useful, impressive and dazzling. But what have we lost, and what are the dangers? James...

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Stumbling on Happiness

Daniel Gilbert

Experimental Evidence - Psychology


Psychological research has been digging about in that highly subjective matter – personal happiness. It’s against a background of consumer culture...

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The Story of Looking

Mark Cousins

Egghead Choice - Art Theory


‘Art’ is one of those notoriously elastic terms and ideas. It’s very difficult to establish any fixed or simple definition for what art is,...

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The Dry

Jane Harper

Criminally minded - Tales of the behaviourally challenged


Jane Harper (http://janeharper.com.au/About-Jane) is an Australian citizen of UK birth. Her 2017 novel The Dry won the Crime Writers’ Association Awards...

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Middlesex

Jeffrey Eugenides

Literary Bent - Writing at its best


Long on the ‘to do’ list for reading fiction, I’m delighted to have completed Middlesex by Jeffrey Eugenides...

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Bel Canto

Ann Patchett

Literary Bent - Writing at its best


Long on the ‘to do’ reading list, I’m delighted finally to have read Bel Canto (2001) by Ann Patchett (http://www.annpatchett.com/) this...

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The Scientific Revolution

Steven Shapin

Experimental Evidence - History of Science


The ‘Scientific Revolution’ (https://plato.stanford.edu/entries/scientific-revolutions/) cannot be thought of as occurring neatly in a certain...

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God in the Age of Science?

Herman Philipse

Egghead Choice - Philosophy of Religion


Today, 31 March 2018, is the day of Stephen Hawking’s funeral. (http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-england-cambridgeshire-43582950). It says something about...

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The Economy of Cities

Jane Jacobs

Egghead Choice - Urban economics


By 2050, 70% of the world’s population will live in cities....

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