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THE PITFALLS OF MENTAL EVOLUTION, by Arthur Koestler (1905-1983) (Excerpt from "The Sleepwalkers")

We are in the habit of visualizing man’s political and social history as a wild zigzag which alternates between progress and disaster, but the history of science as a steady, cumulative process, represented by a continuously rising curve, where each epoch adds some new item of knowledge to the legacy of the past, making the temple of science grow brick by brick toever greater height.

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The Curse of St. Custards: Molesworth - Geoffrey Willans and Ronald Searle

Molesworth – Geoffrey Willans and Ronald Searle, with an introduction by Philip Hensher

Maybe it’s a Canadian thing, but I’ve never really held an opinion on private schools. 727 more words


A Heart So White by Javier Marías

I often reread a favourite book during the dark days of winter. It’s usually something like The Great Gatsby, but this year I chose… 1,572 more words

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Introducing... Women on the Page

This month, we’d like you to join us in a celebration.

Women on the Page is a festival of character(s) and female writers. We’ll be talking about heroines – the gutsy, feisty gals you can’t help but fall in love with. 92 more words

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Jess Harrison on Emilia Pardo Bazán

Kicking off our Women on the Page celebrations in style, Jessica Harrison, Editor for Penguin Classics, tells us about one of her literary heroines, why she ‘deserves to be rediscovered as one of the great novelists’ and the work that means the most to her. 633 more words

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270215 Book-buying Endeavours

As an English student, naturally I am a lover of books. Some might say an excessive and very unhealthy love of books… but that’s another story. 373 more words