A Palace of Peace

If you regularly read my Friday posts on this blog, you will have noticed that last week I was a day late. This is because on Friday I was away visiting Den Haag (The Hague). It’s a nice little town, quiet and pretty, but unless you are a fan of art galleries, there...

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Ed Reardon’s Week

Ed Reardon is the star of ‘Ed Reardon’s Week’ which, from time to time, gets the odd half hour on Radio 4. Back in 2005 his adventures were transformed into a book (also Ed Reardon’s Week) which I have somehow only now got round to reading. Reardon is a brilliant...

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James Burke: the first three books

Since the beginning of the year Endeavour Press have republished all three of the existing books about James Burke. There are two more already planned in the series which will take us back to Burke's first experience as a British spy and will see him fighting with...

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‘Roger Casement’ by Brian Inglis

Lately I've been writing about events in the run up to the Irish Rebellion of 1798, so when I saw a biography of Roger Casement on a free promotion on Amazon, I “bought” it. The events of the Easter Rising of 1916 clearly followed on from the failed revolt of 1798 and...

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The escape from Elba

Burke at Waterloo was published this weekend. At the start of the book Napoleon is safely in exile on Elba, Louis XVIII has been installed on the throne in Paris and the victorious Allies are planning the future of 19th-century Europe. Then, suddenly, Napoleon is...

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‘The Custom of the Trade’ by Sean Lewis

Shaun Lewis’s book takes us into the world of submarines in World War I. We are all familiar with stories of the horror of the infantry and artillery battles of that conflict and the world of battleships and destroyers is also something we are dimly aware of. People...

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Older women and sport: yet another gender gap

If you follow me on Twitter, You will know that I am an enthusiastic skater: not ice skates, but rollerblades which let you skate on the street. I'm getting a bit long in the tooth for it now, but I still loved skating round London Lumiere last week and I expect to...

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2017 – a year in blog posts

At the beginning of every year I like to take a look back over the past 12 months of blog posts to see which ones have been most popular. I've blogged slightly more often than usual this year, so there were a total of 61 posts. I've been blogging for years with...

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New blog posts, new books, new website – so much to enjoy!

It's a Friday and I generally post on my blog on a Friday, but Christmas has disrupted the normal flow of things and I posted on Tuesday. Go and have a look at that. It’s got photos of fireworks and pretty pictures of snow. I have also blogged as a guest on three...

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New Year, New Books

A belated Happy New Year to everyone. New Year fireworks at Tignes I've had a few weeks away from my blog because I've been on holiday for Christmas and the New Year. We spent Christmas in Wales, arriving after the snow that would have cut us off had vanished, leaving...

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