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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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Reflections on Opera

Reflections on Opera What Opera Means: Categories and Case-Studies, Christopher Wintle, edited by Kate Hopkins, Boydell & Brewer, 2018, 288 pp, pb., £15.99, reviewed by STODDARD MARTIN Books on opera abound. Books on Wagner, alone, are said to be as … Continue reading

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Apocalypse, When?

Apocalypse, When? Pentti Linkola, Can Life Prevail?, 2011, Arktos Media, 204pp. trans. Eetu Rautio, hardback, £28, ISBN 1907166637, reviewed by Ed Dutton Every Finnish academic seems to have heard of Pentti Linkola (b. 1932), but he’s almost unknown outside the country’s … Continue reading

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Class Act

Class Act EVELYN WAUGH: A Life Revisited, Philip Eade, 2017, Weidenfeld & Nicolson, £10.99, reviewed by STODDARD MARTIN Middle class folk beyond a certain age in Britain and its cultural tributaries may recall a social order so cleverly depicted by … Continue reading

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The Revision, Revised Again

The Revision, Revised Again THE GREEK NEW TESTAMENT, eds., D. Jongkind, P. J. Williams et al., produced at Tyndale House, Cambridge; published by Crossway and Cambridge University Press (2017), Pp. 526 I Every critical Greek New Testament must satisfy two … Continue reading

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A Donald, for the Educated Reader

A Donald, for the Educated Reader Jordan B. Peterson (2018), 12 Rules for Life: An Antidote to Chaos, Allen Lane, 409pp. hardback, £20, reviewed by Dr Ed Dutton   The Canadian psychologist Jordan Peterson exploded onto the mainstream in the … Continue reading

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Smart Lad Wanted

Smart Lad Wanted Zac versus Sadiq: The Fight to become London Mayor, Dave Hill, Double Q books, 2016, 256 pp, £6, isbn 978-1-911079-20-0 2016, reviewed by Monty Skew Dave Hill is the veteran Guardian writer and commentator who describes the … Continue reading

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In House

In House The English Country House: from the Archives of Country Life, Rizzoli, 2017, ISBN 978-0-8478-3057-2, £50, reviewed by Angela-Ellis Jones ‘The English country house is an extraordinary phenomenon that lies at the very heart of England’s history and cultural … Continue reading

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M.L. West, Cementing a Legacy

M.L.West, Cementing a Legacy M.L. West, ed., Homerus Odyssea, Berlin/Boston, Walter de Gruyter, 2017, Pp. LXII, 519 One hundred and fifty years ago, German academics were strides ahead of their non-Teutonic, classicist peers. Since then, a text-critical revolution has occurred: a … Continue reading

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