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By Michael Goode

Title: Behind Closed Doors: At Home in Georgian England

Author: Amanda Vickery

Pages: 368

Price: £11-15 (Amazon UK)

Rating: ***

Behind Closed Doors pulls you into a different world looking at the everyday worries and aspirations of Georgian people, from the landed gentry to the hopelessly poor, it lets you step into someone else’s shoes and walk about in the nosiest way.   Read the rest of this entry »

By Michael Goode

Book: Empire: How Britain Made the Modern World

Author:  Niall Ferguson

Publisher: Penguin

Pages: 464

Price: Around £5 (Amazon UK)

Rating: ****

I have recently discovered a book that tries to explain the modern world, and what part Britain played in its creation. The book by Niall Ferguson looks at the British Empire and what it created, this conjures up either pride or humiliation in the empire’s legacy. But what was it? What role did it play? How did it start? How did it end? Ferguson answers all this and more, but goes further to look at whether this role was negative or positive and how it had been continued. The book is controversial, thanks to Ferguson’s sometimes blunt and dismissive opinion, but is brilliantly written and very interesting.   Read the rest of this entry »

By Jack Dunford

Sometimes you don’t have enough time to read a best seller, so some elitist plops may not respect you, just because you’ve not read “an essential best seller” and understand the “deep inner meaning the author tried to get across”. But fear not dear reader, here are some of the most important books (and lesser books) in history summed up in simple sentences… Read the rest of this entry »

Book review by Sam Hilton

***** star rating 

On September 20, 2006, Richard Hammond was critically injured in a car crash during filming for the car show, ‘Top Gear’. In this book he tells you about his early life up to the crash and his remarkable recovery. His wife, Mindy Hammond contributes greatly, and pieces together Hammond’s recovery.  Read the rest of this entry »