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Review of A Discovery of Witches by Deborah Harkness

Rating 5/5 Stars

A Discovery of Witches Deborah Harkness

Feb 2011 Viking Penguin

“Deep in the stacks of Oxford’s Bodleian Library, young scholar Diana Bishop unwittingly calls up a bewitched alchemical manuscript in the course of her research. 855 more words

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5 Months to Go/How We Met

This post is serving two purposes: Firstly and most pragmatically it is a test run so I can make sure that everything on this website is up and running the way I like it. 487 more words


Babysitting Elliott

Not long before Christmas we headed down to Oxford to babysit Elliott while Char and Mike had an anniversary/babymoon weekend. Sarah took a half day so that we could arrive before Elliott’s dinnertime. 258 more words

The Art of Beauty

Before Christmas I taught a really interesting course on architecture in Oxford. For the first week my colleague taught them the history of architecture and the features prevalent in different time periods. 125 more words



In this blog, I will show you a variety of different photos that I captured during a weekend away in Oxfordshire, England. These photos were taken during the summer of 2014. 138 more words


Being born and brought up in Cambridge meant it was inevitable that we should have bicycles as our main form of transport. As a family we didn’t have a car until I was about seven or eight years old, and even then for everyday travel around the city we used our bikes. 226 more words

Family Stories

Legal Deposit Libraries

The other week I received a letter from the Agency for the Legal Deposit Libraries (ALDL), based in Edinburgh, to send them five copies of… 333 more words