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Leaving Sneddonland

Leaving Sneddonland On Michael Jackson, Margo Jefferson, Granta, £9.99, reviewed by Stoddard Martin It is unfortunate, if perhaps inevitable, that great creators, not least of music, should morph into personalities to be analysed to death, or beyond. Mozart, Beethoven and Wagner … Continue reading

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Eternal Recurrence

Eternal Recurrence Superior: The Return of Race Science, Angela Saini, 4thEstate, 2019, 342pp, reviewed by Ed Dutton Angela Saini can skilfully encapsulate her subject in a striking yet poignant image, so that the reader feels what this Guardian journalist wants … Continue reading

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Casting Back

Casting Back The Estancia, Martín Cullen, Adelphi, £20, hb, 399 pp, reviewed by Stoddard Martin As a rule, this reader finds tales of childhood dull. True growing-up happens with first love, sexual encounters, jobs, facing the adult world on one’s … Continue reading

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Muslims are Reading the Bible Again

Muslims are Reading the Bible Again Gabriel Said Reynolds, The Quran & the Bible: Text and Commentary, Yale University Press, 2018, Pp. xviii, 1008, reviewed by Darrell Sutton The decline of Christianity in the West has not impeded the continuous surge … Continue reading

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Lighten Up

Lighten Up Whiteness: The Original Sin, Jim Goad, Obnoxious Books, Stone Mountain, Georgia, 2018, paperback, 345pp. reviewed by Ed Dutton The Puritans never had a sense of humour. These irony-deficient, extremist Protestants were too intensely focused on virtue signalling and questioning … Continue reading

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In the Year of Three Kings

In the Year of Three Kings  The King Who Had to Go, Adrian Phillips, Biteback Publishing, 2016, isbn 978-1-78590-347-2, reviewed by Monty Skew Recently revealed letters, hitherto kept secret, have dispelled any lasting illusions about Edward VIII’s short and inglorious … Continue reading

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Mulling it Over

Mulling it Over Review of Hinterland by Chris Mullin, Profile Books, 2017, ISBN 978 1 78125 606 0, reviewed by Monty Skew Some political memoirs are dull. Not so A View from the Foothills, a frank and self-deprecating diary (the first of … Continue reading

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Presbyterians, Preparing for Battle

Presbyterians, Preparing for Battle Jeffrey S. McDonald, John Gerstner and the Renewal of Presbyterian and Reformed Evangelicalism in Modern America, Pickwick, 2017, Pp. 263, reviewed by Darrell Sutton John Knox (1514-1572), one of the founding fathers of Protestantism, did not eschew controversy. … Continue reading

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Who are You?

Who are You? Identity: the Demand for Dignity and the Politics of Resentment, Francis Fukuyama, Profile Books, London, 2018, 218 pp., reviewed by Leslie Jones According to sociologist Francis Fukuyama, identity politics can sometimes be “a natural and inevitable response … Continue reading

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Getting to Know Benno Landsberger

Getting to Know Benno Landsberger Luděk Vacín, The Unknown Benno Landsberger: ‘A Biographical Sketch of an Assyriological Altmeister’s Development, Exile, and Personal Life’, (Harrassowitz Verlag, 2018), $45.00. Pp.132 Assyriologists in recent times have ruminated on their own discipline. Historical sketches of notable … Continue reading

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