Scott's Book Review

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Past Tense

Lee Child

Fantastic Fiction - Escapes to other places and other times

Lee Child ( 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 ( is an Australian citizen of UK birth. Her 2017 novel The Dry won the Crime Writers’ Association Awards...

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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 ( this...

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The Scientific Revolution

Steven Shapin

Experimental Evidence - History of Science

The ‘Scientific Revolution’ ( 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. ( 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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