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Summer Reading List 2016

My annual list – these books will keep you company on rainy days and sunny beaches (provided the sun ever comes out!).  As always, a ‘caveat emptor’ – some of these books might already be in the bag (I’ve read them), some might not get read at all, while I might read a book or two not on the list (if so, I’ll post additions on Twitter).   329 more words

Ultimate Rome

I am not enthralled by history, in fact mostly it has me glazing over. I know it’s perceived as being a bit thick if you’re not into history as its so fashionable now but I blame it on bad teachers. 110 more words


I've just finished reading: SPQR by Mary Beard

I’ve always been a huge fan of Mary Beard as a personality, but I’m shame faced to admit I’ve not read one of her books. I saw this a few weeks ago and decided to treat myself, and what a treat it is. 204 more words


Primary Values: Greece Vs Rome

How do you evaluate legacy cultures? Intelligence Squared organized this fascinating debate about the relative contributions of ancient Greece and Rome, held at Westminster’s Central Hall last November. 140 more words


It's a Spring split!

Apologies for the lateness of this update. This month it’s mostly split between Shtum by Jem Lester, Number 11 by Jonathan Coe and The Improbability of Love by Hannah Rothschild… 678 more words

What We're Reading

It is hard to resist the suggestion of Jacques Le Goff that (in the Latin West at least) smiling as we understand it was an invention of the Middle Ages.

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