Kyle Roberts talks about A Complicated Pregnancy

Posted December 14, 2017 / 5 Comments

In an easily readable and at times entertaining book, theologian Kyle Roberts steps back from the accepted doctrine of the Virgin Birth/Conception to question whether Jesus of Nazareth was really conceived in Mary without the involvement of Joseph.

The Upright Thinkers by Leonard Mlodinow: Reviewed

Posted November 24, 2017 / 2 Comments

How did mankind evolve “from a species living off whatever nuts and berries and roots we could harvest with our hands, to one that flies airplanes”? Leonard Mlodinow in The Upright Thinkers tells us in this interesting, well-written and deeply researched book.

Charles Taylor and Liberia

Posted November 23, 2017 / 0 Comments

This is an extremely comprehensive, well-researched and readable book that will be of great use and interest to anyone interested in brutal civil wars that ravaged Liberia and brought this country – that was established with such high hopes – to its knees. Although centred around the life and activities of Charles Taylor, the book […]

The Corfu Trilogy by Gerald Durrell: Book Review

Posted November 23, 2017 / 0 Comments

The three books making up the delightful Corfu Trilogy are all excellent as stand-alone reads. They are the classic My Family and Other Animals, and the lesser known but equally good Birds, Beasts and Relatives, and The Garden of the Gods. In all three, Durrell shows his skills as a master story-teller and superb naturalist. […]

The Energy Glut: Global obesity and fossil fuels

Posted November 23, 2017 / 2 Comments

The energy Glut is an excellent book that deals with the global obesity crisis and links it to the energy crisis facing the Western world. “The human race is getting fatter and the planet is getting hotter, and fossil fuels are the cause of both.”

King Leopold’s Ghost

Posted November 23, 2017 / 0 Comments

This book left me seething with anger. Not at the author – this is a historical biographer at the top of his game – but at his subject. I came to this book knowing very little about the colonisation of Congo, other than it was a dark stain on the history of Belgium (a stain […]

Can Nature Cure Depression?

Posted November 23, 2017 / 2 Comments

Nature Cure describes well-known naturalist and author Richard Mabey’s recovery from a severe depression. We find him at the start of the book in bed, blankly gazing at the wall. Encouraged by friends and realizing the need for a change of air, he uproots himself from the family house in the Chilterns where he and […]

Where Poppies Blow by John Lewis-Stempel reviewed

Posted November 21, 2017 / 0 Comments

The 2017 winner of the Wainwright Golden Beer Book Priz is a deeply thoughtful look at the nature that surrounded the soldiers in the trenches. Its strength is that it is based around actual quotes (hundreds!) from soldiers, either in letters, poems, booklets, newspaper articles, even illustrations.