A Short History of Myth – Karen Armstrong

Karen Armstrong suggests the history of myth is the history of humanity; our stories and beliefs link us to our ancestors and each other. This wonderful book takes the reader from the Palaeolithic period and the myths of the hunters right up to modern times when myths have almost all been discredited by science. ArmstrongContinue reading “A Short History of Myth – Karen Armstrong”

Night at the Crossroads by Georges Simenon

Georges Simenon books are so easy to read. There’s snippets of conversation, vivid descriptions of the countryside, and a mystery thrown in for good measure. Maigret investigates a crime at the Three Widows Crossroads where a diamond dealer is found dead at the wheel of a car that’s in the wrong garage. In this tale,Continue reading “Night at the Crossroads by Georges Simenon”

Confronting Leviathan

In his 1651 book, Leviathan, Thomas Hobbes imagined the state as the biblical sea monster. Professor David Runciman examines how different philosophers down the centuries have understood the relationship of citizens to the people who govern the state. Starting with Thomas Hobbes, this book explains how various thinkers have understood and explained the state andContinue reading “Confronting Leviathan”

Kierkegaard in a Nutshell – Review

Kierkegaard is regarded as the founder of existentialism. In this book, a series of highlights from his major works, Kierkegaard asserts that if he were capable of grasping God objectively, he would not have faith. As he can’t do this, grasp God objectively, he requires his faith and if he wishes to retain this faith,Continue reading “Kierkegaard in a Nutshell – Review”

Work won’t love you back – Book Review

It’s a particularly apposite time to be reading this book when many people are re-evaluating their life in regard to their work situation and indeed whether they should stay employed in their current role. This book made me think deeply about why I’m working where I am and whether I shouldn’t move somewhere else. ThisContinue reading “Work won’t love you back – Book Review”

Three Men on the Bummel – Book Review

This is the sequel to Three Men in a Boat and it is really rather good, especially when the three men – George, Harris and J – are travelling around the middle of Europe interacting with the locals and passing judgment on their surroundings as they move from Hamburg to Berlin and Dresden and theirContinue reading “Three Men on the Bummel – Book Review”

The Holy Grail by Giles Morgan

This is a high-level guide to The Holy Grail charting the origins of the quest from the early Christian gospels through to modern day stories and films. The book introduces all the characters you would expect: King Arthur, Galahad, Percival, Wolfram von Eschenbach, Malory, TS Eliot, Dan Brown, and Indiana Jones. It’s an interesting readContinue reading “The Holy Grail by Giles Morgan”

EP Thompson and the Making of the New Left

Edward Palmer Thompson was an English historian, writer, socialist and peace campaigner. He is best known today for his books on radical movements in particular The Making of the English Working Class. This collection of his work helped revive left-wing / socialist politics in the UK in the 1950s and 1960s and includes essays onContinue reading “EP Thompson and the Making of the New Left”

The Roots of Coincidence – Arthur Koestler

For many decades, extra-sensory perception (ESP) – including clairvoyance and telepathy – has been dismissed as illusion and fakery. ESP was compared with the world of physics as scientists thought it existed and dismissed as unimportant and contradictory to the established scientific norms. But nowadays, with the advent of Quantum Physics breaking the established modelsContinue reading “The Roots of Coincidence – Arthur Koestler”

Kierkegaard in a Nutshell – Review

Kierkegaard is regarded as the founder of existentialism. In this book, a series of highlights from his major works, Kierkegaard asserts that if he were capable of grasping God objectively, he would not have faith. As he can’t do this, grasp God objectively, he requires his faith and if he wishes to retain this faith,Continue reading “Kierkegaard in a Nutshell – Review”