What to read on holiday in Greece – Johanna Hanink’s “The Classical Debt”- book review

      I came across Johanna Hanink’s book through sheer coincidence. There was an event organized in my local bookshop in which she was discussing her new book (which I had heard nothing of) with Mary Beard. I was curious enough to see Mary Beard live– so I attended the event. And as I had spent my last holiday in Greece, it was perhaps … Continue reading What to read on holiday in Greece – Johanna Hanink’s “The Classical Debt”- book review

Diana in her own words- not the best of documentaries

Channel 4’s excellent publicity made me curious to see their new documentary about the life of Diana. Make sure you don’t repeat my mistake… I know perhaps less than most about Diana. I was born in 1992, and I only vaguely remember watching her funeral on TV. I have gathered some bits and pieces from magazines and newspapers, but I can’t say honestly that I … Continue reading Diana in her own words- not the best of documentaries

Stacking the Shelves Saturday

Stacking The Shelves is a book tag hosted by Tynga’s Reviews and Reading Reality, which is all about sharing the books you are adding to your shelves, be it physical or virtual. This week I made use of the book vouchers that I got for my birthday. We are celebrating the year of Joseph Conrad this year, as it’s his 160th birthday. In order to celebrate, … Continue reading Stacking the Shelves Saturday

George R.R. Martin, Elio M. García Jr. and Linda Antonsson, “The World of Ice and Fire” – book review

Let’s be fair, I am a huge fan of Game of Thrones , so I might not count as the most impartial of the reviewers. However, people who are not already fans of a Song of Ice and Fire are unlikely to reach for this title… so perhaps in a weird way I am representative of the target audience. First of all, the book’s design is … Continue reading George R.R. Martin, Elio M. García Jr. and Linda Antonsson, “The World of Ice and Fire” – book review

Yuval Noah Harari’s “Sapiens” – Book Review

Sapiens: A Brief History of Humankind is definitely not a work of history. If you want a short outline of events that leads up to now, you are in the wrong place. Yuval Noah Harari is much more interested in the history of ideas that made humans what they are. That said, his narratives, though they may be based on fact ( I use the … Continue reading Yuval Noah Harari’s “Sapiens” – Book Review