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In Ludd's Name, cover ©Arundel Books In Ludd's Name by David Field, book review

Although In Ludd's Name is set in the first decades of the nineteenth century it will strike a chord with many people today. Changing fashions and technology were having a disproportionate impact on the livelihoods of working people.

The Secret Crown, cover The Secret Crown, Murder, Conspiracy and Treasure Thriller

The murder of King Ludwig II and cover-up is the basis for Chris Kuzneski’s fast paced thriller. Will the good guys find the treasure and the historical truth first?

Warrior of Rome, Lion of the Sun, cover Lion of the Sun, historically detailed Warrior of Rome thriller

Lion of the Sun is the third book in the Warrior of Rome series featuring Ballista. Historically accurate story of the battle for the Roman Empire.

Cook Yourself Thin, cover Cook Yourself Thin, Ways to Lose Weight and Enjoy Tasty Food

With its Channel 4 TV programme, Cook Yourself Thin is not just about losing weight and diets. It shows how to lose weight and still enjoy tasty and satisfying food.

Bad Ideas, cover Bad Ideas? Science, Technology and its Unintended Consequences

Bad Ideas? is a history of science and its unintended dangers. It argues scientists and public must work together for a shared understanding and vision.

How to be Topp, cover How to be Topp, with cartoons by Ronald Searle

Penguin has republished the classic Molesworth books from the 1950s. This new review asks: do they stand the test of time? Are they of another time and place, now past? As they say "the past is another country".

Banish Clutter, cover Get Tidy, Banish Clutter Forever, Sheila Chandra

Eliminating clutter frees the mind; people then feel better about themselves. It frees time for other things as an organised home needs less cleaning and maintenance.

The Canterbury Tales, cover Canterbury Tales Retold, Still Classically Pious, Bawdy & Ribald

Peter Ackroyd has produced an excellent new translation of Geoffrey Chaucer's Canterbury Tales. He retains the classic medieval charm whilst making it easier for modern readers

French Racing Blue, cover French Racing Blue, The History of Motor Racing

It is often forgotten that motor racing started in France and French teams have a long and distinguished history. Some of the original French teams are still competing. French teams have worn their national racing blue with pride for over a century and continue to do so. Indeed they carried on using national colours well after most teams had switched to the livery of their commercial sponsors.

Liberal Fascism, The Secret History of the Left from Mussolini to the Politics of Meaning - cover Politics of Liberal Fascism by Jonah Goldberg

Goldberg seeks to demonstrate that fascism is a socialist movement and therefore a misdirected term of abuse by the left-wing of right-leaning policies and politicians.

The Invention of Air, Story of Joseph Priestley - cover Invention of Air, Story of Joseph Priestley

Priestley was a man of The Enlightenment, notable scientist, minister. He founded the Unitarian church but his political ideas forced him to leave England for a new USA.

In Search of the Multiverse, cover In Search of the Multiverse, John Gribbin

John Gribbin provides a masterful and readable explanation of thinking on multiple universes or dimensions. Exploring the multiverse is a key to current cosmological science.

Leen Times, cover Leen Times, saga of the Daniels family continues

Leen Times A R Dance continues the story from Narrow Marsh of William and Abigail Daniels. The Daniels are married with a successful business and their adversary, the wealthy Sir Josiah Sidmouth has been transported to Van Diemen’s Land. Life is looking good but …

Italian Racing Red, cover Italian Racing Red, History of Cars and Drivers

A comprehensive history of international Italian motor racing; the red national racing colours of corsa rosso reflects the Italian passion for cars and motorsport.

BMW 335i convertible in France BMW 335i SE Convertible. Long term experience

First impressions of the BMW335i Convertible were of a practical, high performance car for long distance continental touring. They are confirmed by extended ownership.

Mastering the Art of French Cooking, Volume 2 - cover Mastering the Art of French Cooking, Volume Two

The first volume of this classic cookery reference was extensive but not complete. The second book is a valuable addition as it covers many important missing elements.

Racing and Sports Car Chassis Design, cover Racing & Sports Car Chassis Design; Build a Car

Although nearly fifty years old this book should be on the bookshelf of all sports and racing car fans. Car technology may change but basic suspension principles do not.

The Ode Less Travelled, book cover Ode Less Travelled, Stephen Fry's Poetry Guide

Stephen Fry harbours a dark secret which he shares with the reader of The Ode Less Travelled. A reader who follows the course to the end may also end up as a closet poet.

Mastering the Art of French Cooking, book cover Julia Child's Classic, Mastering the Art of French Cooking

Like Elizabeth David, Julia Child popularised French food across the English speaking world. Many cooks have used Mastering the Art of French Cooking as their bible.

At Elizabeth David's Table, cover At Elizabeth David's Table

I have been reading At Elizabeth David's Table in preparation for writing a review. Reading her articles on food has been inspiring. Her writing on culinary travel and culture, rather than cooking, makes me to want to write more on food and its social and cultural role. I love good food but as an amateur cook of modest skills, I am not equipped to provide cookery advice but I hope I can share the simple pleasures of good food and travel, especially when enjoyed in good company.

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