Scott's Book Review

Reading in the Dark

Seamus Deane

Literary Bent - Writing at its best

Seamus Deane ( was brought up in Derry, Northern Ireland, as part of a Catholic Nationalist family. Reading in the...

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Jane Austen

Choice Classics - A pick from the enduring classics

Pride and Prejudice (1813) is the best known of the novels of Jane Austen ( There have been at least six major...

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A History of Christianity

Diarmaid MacCulloch

Past Present - What's new in History

How did an obscure Jewish religious sect in Roman occupied Judea go from nothing to become the world’s most dominant organised religion? Why did any one...

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Speak, Memory

Vladimir Nabokov

Lives Well Lived? A pick from biography & memoir.

Some autobiographies are enjoyed for the content of their revelations, others for their style and quality of prose in which they are executed. Speak, Memory...

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Matt Ridley

Experimental Evidence - Science and Technology

Genome: The Autobiography of a Species in 23 Chapters (1999) is about as easy as it gets to understand this subject matter. Matt Ridley is a science journalist...

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