How sweet a thing it is to wear a crown, Within whose circuit is Elysium, And all that poets feign of bliss and joy. The final episode of the Henry IV saga is filled with the sombre tones of contemplation and the transient nature of life. This comes from directly from the plot: We as […]Read more "The Shakespeare Series: Henry VI, Part 3 Review"
There are many ways to write a historical book that isn’t a textbook, and depending on how it’s written you’re automatically opening or closing doors in terms of your audience. Spend too much time on the story, and you lose people who want more hard historical facts. Spend too much time on the nitty gritty […]Read more "Book Review: The Popes By John Julius Norwich"
I’m a big fan of Ian McEwan and it all started with this book. I read Atonement several months before the famous film came out, and I still don’t know which I love more. But this review isn’t about the film – it’s about the book. Atonement is an epic WWII saga centred around Cecelia […]Read more "Book Review: Atonement by Ian McEwan"
As an enthusiastic fan of food, history and Italy, I was impressed with reading Delizia! by University College London professor, John Dickie. Dickie is well know for being somewhat of an expert in Italian history and culture. He has written many books and papers on the subject, a favourite of mine being Cosa Nostra, which […]Read more "Book Review: Delizia! by John Dickie"