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”

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”

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”

Primitive Rebels by Eric Hobsbawm

Eric Hobsbawm was a British historian who wrote many books on Socialism, Nationalism, and Capitalism. He was a contemporary of other Marxist historians such as Christopher Hill, EP Thompson, and Sheila Rowbotham. Primitive Rebels is his first major work and inspects rebellion from the time of Robin Hood onwards, concentrating on the 19th Century risingsContinue reading “Primitive Rebels by Eric Hobsbawm”

The Bridge of San Luis Rey – Book Review

This story won the Pulitzer Prize for Thornton Wilder in 1928. This is a fictional story that explores the lives of five strangers who die in the collapse of a rope bridge on the road from Lima to Cuzco in Peru. Friar Juniper attempts to find answers for why they died and what purpose itContinue reading “The Bridge of San Luis Rey – Book Review”

The Black Book of Carmarthen – Review

This book dates from around 1250AD though many of the poems contained in it are a lot older and occur nowhere else, showing what a valuable service the unknown monk who copied them down onto a manuscript did for the world of literature. It’s believed this monk resided at the Augustinian Priory of St JohnsContinue reading “The Black Book of Carmarthen – Review”