Book 10 – The Old Century by Siegfried Sassoon

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A gentle autobiography of a happy childhood. All I really know about Sassoon is his character as portrayed in Regeneration, plus his Wikipedia page. This book was most interesting for the reflective way it describes the growth of a poet.

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Book 9 – How Bad Are Bananas by Mike Berners-Lee

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A useful reference book, analysing the carbon footprint of all manner of activities from sending a text to a war.

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Book 8 – 101 Things I Learned in Architecture School by Matthew Frederick

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Another offering from the Really Quite Interesting shelves of my young niece, who is indeed now an architecture student. I’ve finally learned how to draw a line.

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Book 7 – Chocky by John Wyndham

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This must be one of Wyndham’s last novels, And there’s not much to it. It’s possibly the most pedestrian story of alien visitation I’ve ever read.

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Book 6 – Gaudy Night by Dorothy L. Sayers

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I’ve just realised this is a re-re-read (2014). Well, it’s likely my favourite DL Sayers (possibly pipped by The Nine Tailors). I’ve been reading it because (at Mr. BK’s suggestion) we have just re-watched the 1987 adaptation of Gaudy Night. It’s very good, but I needed to remind myself how much better the actual novel is.

Tangent: Edward Petherbridge’s Peter Wimsey is the best portrayal by a country mile, much better than Ian Carmichael, who played him as if he were Bertie Wooster with brains.

I may just have to go find my copy of Busman’s Honeymoon now.

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Book 5 – The Uses and Abuses of History by Margaret Macmillan

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I was disappointed by this book, but am not really sure why. The author is an academic historian, who wrote it on the back of a lecture series she gave in 2007. The overall premise is to illustrate how historical events and situations are continually redrawn and reinterpreted to suit the purposes of changing political interests.

She gave lots of examples, most well known, some others more obscure, but I struggled to identify any clear argument beyond “History needs to be handled with care”.

I found myself wanting to read less about how this or that politician has manipulated (or ignored) the history of Iraq, or the Cultural Revolution, or the Balkans, and more actual history.

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Book 4 – The Martian by Andy Weir

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Very entertaining, owes a lot to Apollo 13.

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