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Simon McLeish
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Ernest Cline: Armada (2015)
Edition: Century, 2015 Review number: 1512 Ernest Cline's first novel, Ready Player One , was one of my top reads of 2018, when I finally read it. Even though I am not a gamer, I was introduced to computers in the 1980s and played many games in that decade,...
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Jonathan Sumption: Cursed Kings: The Hundred Years War IV (2015)
Edition: Faber & Faber, 2016 Review number: 1511 The fourth volume of Sumption's brilliant history of the Hundred Years' War is up to the standard he set in the earlier books, and very similar in many ways to them. Cursed Kings  covers the early years of th...
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Paul Beatty: The Sell Out (2015)
Edition: Farrar, Straus and Giroux (2015) Review number: 1510 The Sell Out  is a novel which divides opinion. If you look at online reviews, ones which give it very high ratings are common, but so are ones which give it very low ratings. The style and the c...
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G.K. Holloway: 1066 (2014)
Edition: Troubadour, 2014 Review number: 1509 What book could be more appropriate to review on 14th October, the anniversary of the Battle of Hastings! 1066 is clearly the defining date in British history, the one year everyone knows. It is probably the mos...
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Iain Pears: Arcadia (2015)
Edition: Faber & Faber, 2016 Review number: 1508 Iain Pears' 2015 novel may seem to be something of a departure from his earlier work - if I'd been asked to read it blind and guess the author, I think I'd have picked David Mitchell . As both are among my fa...
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Marc Bloch: Feudal Society (1940)
Translation: L.A. Manyon, 1962 Edition: Routledge Kegan Paul, 2014 Review number: 1507 The foreword to this Routledge Classics edition, by Geoffrey Kozol, starts by asking, "Why read a work of history written over seventy years ago?" Clearly, after such a l...
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Michael Spivak: Calculus (1967)
Edition: Addison-Wesley (World Student Series) Review number: 1506 Calculus  was the very first textbook I read for my university degree. As well as being a fine description of the basics of analysis (mostly real, with a toe in the deep water of complex fun...
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Alexander Broadie: Introduction to Medieval Logic (1993)
Edition: Oxford University Press, 1993 Review number: 1505 The title is perhaps somewhat misleading. I would expect that a book
introducing medieval logic should be fairly easy to follow for someone
like myself, with a doctorate in modern mathematical log...
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Patrick Dennis: Auntie Mame (1955)
Edition: Pan, 1958 Review number: 1504 I'm a big fan of Patrick Dennis, although the difficulty of finding his books nowadays means I haven't read all that many of them - three out of sixteen (all published under various pseudonyms, his real name being Edwa...
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EXO Books: The Last Day of Captain Lincoln (2015)
Edition: Kindle, 2015 Review number: 1503 The title of this novel is a good summary of its content, if not its purpose. Captain Lincoln is a retired captain of a generation ship, on which a carefully designed and controlled society keeps the population exac...
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