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Rest not in peace: 14th century murder

I walk where Hugh Singleton walked on the streets of Oxford and the castle, where he journeyed frequently as bailiff for the manor of Bampton and as 14th century detective, most recently in Rest Not In Peace. I have worn … Continue reading

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Uprooted and unwanted

The Settler’s Cookbook, by Yasmin Alibhai Brown, is the story of the thousands of Ugandan Asians who had to leave their homes in the era of Idi Amin, woven together with the life story of this one individual, and her … Continue reading

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The ones who lived here before. Fools Crow by James Welch

This novel makes real the history of “1491” which I blogged in January. The change ¬†when Europeans arrived, the change across all the Americas, is particularised here in one man’s story. We can feel for one person or group in … Continue reading

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The Warmth of Other Suns: Isabel Wilkerson

When we moved to East Oakland in 1982, it was the first time I had lived in such a mixed area, though I knew people of other races in England, and I remember a coloured lodger, Mr. Preston, who lived … Continue reading

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Compare and Contrast : “At Home”by Bill Bryson and “Nation” by Terry Pratchett

Contingency. I have always been awed when I think of how improbable is any particular fact of history, any specific species or human individual’s existence, the range of physical laws’ tolerance that enable a planet to have life like ours, … Continue reading

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