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Night (The Night Trilogy, #1)
This book has garnered so many five-star reviews and deals with such important subject matter that it almost feels like an act of heresy to give it a ...more
Jul 2008
Mar 26, 2008
Wild Swans: Three Daughters of China
Wild Swans may well be the most depressing book I've ever read. Don't let that keep you from giving it a try, though, for by some strange mechanism, i ...more
Oct 1993
Jul 25, 2008
Down Under
I developed a taste for Bill Bryson last year when I read his Short History of Nearly Everything, an ambitious attempt to trace the history of life, t ...more
May 2008
May 26, 2008
The Daughter of Time (Inspector Alan Grant, #5)
The Daughter of Time is an unlikely detective story. It's the story of a police inspector who, whilst laid up in bed because of a leg injury, is prese ...more
Oct 2009
Oct 05, 2009
Red China Blues: My Long March From Mao To Now
Memoirs about life in twentieth-century China tend to be profoundly depressing. I remember reading Wild Swans as a student and being so utterly depres ...more
Jan 1997
Feb 10, 2008
Lawrence: The Uncrowned King of Arabia
Michael Asher's approach to Lawrence of Arabia is a bit different from most other biographers'. Rather than taking Lawrence's autobiography, Seven Pil ...more
Jan 2003
Mar 01, 2008
Travels with a Tangerine: A Journey in the Footnotes of Ibn Battutah
The first thing many people ask me when they hear I'm writing a fantasy novel is whether I, with all my travelling experience, shouldn't be writing a ...more
Oct 2006
Dec 16, 2007
All The Wrong Places (Classics Of Reportage)
The title of this book is a bit facetious. Far from always being in the wrong places, James Fenton (a South East Asia correspondent for several major ...more
Feb 2009
Apr 15, 2009
The Annals of Imperial Rome
It took me ages to finish this book, but boy, did it give me a wealth of ideas for my own book. A year-by-year account of the reigns of Tiberius, Clau ...more
Dec 2007
Sep 15, 2007
An End to Suffering: The Buddha in the World
An End to Suffering is an ambitious book -- a valiant attempt to introduce the reader to Buddhism, examine Buddhism's relevance in today's world and c ...more
Jan 2004
Jan 10, 2008
Rome: Art and Architecture is a splendid 650-page book about, well, the art and architecture of Rome from early antiquity to the mid-twentieth century ...more
Sep 2007
Sep 15, 2007
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