Non-Fiction

The Kraus Project

The Kraus Project Jonathan Franzen Plus ça change, plus c’est la même chose might be the overall feeling on reading this latest Franzen foray into the public arena. Though it would be the German equivalent, which I dare not attempt. The word ‘Project’ in the title gives a hint that there might be a mission …

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Hanns and Rudolf

Hanns and Rudolf Thomas Harding I had a small problem with this book. Or to be more precise, with the marketing strategy employed in its promotion. The book tells the true story of how Hanns Alexander, a German Jew who worked for the British Army during the war, tracked down Rudolf Höss, the Kommandant of …

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The Silence Of Animals

The Silence of Animals, John Gray “Whereas silence is for other animals a natural state of rest, for humans silence is an escape from inner commotion. By nature volatile and discordant, the human animal looks to silence for relief from being itself while other creatures enjoy silence as their birthright. Humans seek silence because they …

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Catherine the Great

Catherine the Great: Portrait of a Woman, Robert K. Massie Johanna, who loves socialising and gossip is married at 15 to an austere military man more than twice her age. He needs a male heir; she wants a path to the highest society. They have a daughter, Sophia, who is immediately rejected by her mother.  …

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River Cottage Veg Every Day

River Cottage Veg Every Day, Hugh Fearnley-Whittingstall When I think of Hugh Fearnley-Whittingstall (which I rarely do), I always picture him out in the wilds catching and dispatching some harmless creature one would never imagine eating unless in the most extreme cases of need. It was therefore with some scepticism that I picked up his …

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