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Afua-centrism

Afua-centrism  Brit(ish): On Race, Identity and Belonging, Afua Hirsch, Jonathan Cape, 2018, pp 318, reviewed by Bill Hartley What is it like to be the descendant of immigrants to Great Britain? Such a person may never have visited the home … Continue reading

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Eisner’s Choice – Reform or Revolution?

Eisner’s Choice – Reform or Revolution? Kurt Eisner, a Modern Life, Albert Earle Gurganus, Camden House, 2018, HB, 576 pp., reviewed by LESLIE JONES Kurt Eisner, a Modern Life, is a fitting title for this compelling biography of the campaigning journalist … Continue reading

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The New Oxford Annotated Bible

The New Oxford Annotated Bible 5thedition, Oxford University Press, fully revised and expanded, NRSV with Apocrypha. Pp. xxiii, 2416, ISBN: 978-0190276096. $95.00., reviewed by Darrell Sutton When Early Modern English was becoming the vernacular speech, Edward VI (1537-1553) removed restrictions … Continue reading

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Seven Deadly Spins

Seven Deadly Spins Seven Types of Atheism, John Gray, Allen Lane, 2018, hb, £17.99, reviewed by STODDARD MARTIN The well-known English philosopher and academic John Gray offers a tour d’horizon of the idea of atheism. For those who have trod this … Continue reading

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Eton Mess

Eton Mess                                          Posh Boys: How the English Public Schools Run Britain, by Robert Verkaik, One World Publications, 2018, pp 349, … Continue reading

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Antiquity Matters

Antiquity Matters Antiquity Matters, Frederic Raphael, Yale University Press, 2017, £20, 376 pp., $26.00, reviewed by STODDARD MARTIN At first glance, this is a work of almost bewildering erudition. Reminded of Roberto Calasso’s Cadmus and Harmony, one prepares to sit … Continue reading

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White Lines

White Lines Freud, the Making of an Illusion, Frederick Crews, Henry Holt and Co., New York, 2017, pp 746, HB, US 40$, reviewed by LESLIE JONES Frederick Crews is Professor Emeritus of English at the University of California. Once an … Continue reading

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Shakespeare’s Sister

Shakespeare’s Sister IN BYRON’S WAKE: The Turbulent Lives of Lord Byron’s Wife and Daughter: Annabella Milbanke & Ada Lovelace, Miranda Seymour, Simon & Schuster, 2018, £25, reviewed by STODDARD MARTIN What is it about Bryon that provokes such fascination? His self-possession, … Continue reading

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Imagination – it’s an Illusion

Imagination – it’s an Illusion Reimagining Britain: Foundations for Hope, Justin Welby, Bloomsbury Continuum, 2018, 300pp. Hardback, £16.99., reviewed by EDWARD DUTTON The Rev. Dr Malcolm Johnson, Rector of St Botolph’s, Aldgate, once remarked, ‘I see the Church of England … Continue reading

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Whither Ukraine?

Whither Ukraine? THE FOURTH REPUBLIC: Why Europe Needs Ukraine and Why Ukraine Needs Europe, Borys Lozhkin, Kyiv: Novyj Druk, 2016, reviewed by Stoddard Martin It is a principle nearly unarguable in the capitalist West that the ‘shock therapy’ delivered by … Continue reading

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