John Guy’s “Mary Queen of Scots” – book review

I picked up this copy of  John Guy’s “Mary Queen of Scots” at Sainsbury’s for 4 pounds, with a film tie-in cover, and I do not regret it. The book was published originally as “My Heart is My Own” and won the Whitbread Biography Award in 2004. I had read David Starkey’s biography of the young Elizabeth when I was in my early teens, but … Continue reading John Guy’s “Mary Queen of Scots” – 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

The problem with Christopher Nolan’s “Dunkirk”

I am not usually a fan of war films, and I typically won’t go to the cinema to see them. Don’t get me wrong, I think many war films are excellent, but I find the whole experience of seeing them at the cinema a bit too traumatic. Some reviewers, however, have called Dunkirk Christopher Nolan’s best film yet. It was also rated PG 12. So … Continue reading The problem with Christopher Nolan’s “Dunkirk”