Non-Fiction

Book review: The best actor’s autobiography ever?

May 12, 2013
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Book review: The best actor’s autobiography ever?

The word knows him as Mr Spock, the logical, pointy-eared Vulcan of the original Star Trek series. Well, we also think that he is the author of the best autobiography written by an actor. Yes, we know that is quite a statement and yes, we wrote that down after every careful consideration. The fact is…

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Book Review: The Best Book on Hitler. Period.

May 5, 2013
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Book Review: The Best Book on Hitler. Period.

There have been dozens of books written about Adolf Hitler. Unfortunately, not all of them are readable. Don’t get us wrong – we admire the scholarly efforts of some of the best historians in the world and their efforts to give us a glimpse into the mind of one of the most fascinating characters of…

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Seven books on the death of Adolf Hitler

April 23, 2013
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Seven books on the death of Adolf Hitler

Did he commit suicide? Did he escape from Germany to Argentina? Did he actually have a special bunker made for himself in Antarctica? The theories surrounding the last days of Adolf Hitler are numerous. As are the books written about them. Some have been praised, some reviled. Some are readable, others less so (Hitler on…

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Book Review: Compelling Plot, Dry Narration

April 22, 2013
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Book Review: Compelling Plot, Dry Narration

So, did Adolf Hitler actually die in the bunker in Berlin in 1945 or was he able to escape? That is a question that has been raised a few times, but any theories that imply that Der Fuhrer actually got away have been moved to the “crackpot conspiracy theory” category by “experts.” However, we think…

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Book Review: The Travelogue as a Graphic Novel

March 27, 2013
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Jerusalem

Mention the word ‘travelogue’ and people tend to think in terms of a diary-like book, describing the author’s experiences in a place and those who lived there, generally with a background of the history and culture of the region thrown in. Well, Guy Delisle’s take on one of the holiest and most controversial cities in the word is…

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Book Review: Tiger, Tiger, Burning Bright…

March 20, 2013
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Tiger Pataudi

We must confess we were a bit apprehensive when we heard about the launch of a collection of essays on Mansur Ali Khan Pataudi. After all, essay collections on legends who have recently departed for their heavenly abode can be tricky affairs. People tend to praise the subject unabashedly, generating something that is more hagiographic…

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Book Review: Death Comes to Pemberly by PD James

March 1, 2013
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Death Comes To Pemberley

What do you do when you are uncrowned queen of crime fiction, have won multiple awards, been given a life peerage, and are nearing a hundred years on the planet? Well, in the case of Phyllis Dorothy James, Baroness James of Holland Park, or plain PD James, as millions of readers know her, you pick…

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Book Review: A Brief History of the Great Moghuls by Bamber Gasciogne

March 1, 2013
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A Brief History of the Great Moghuls

Mention the words “history” and “Mughals” in the same sentence and  the image that springs to mind is that of “magisterial” tomes, contained detailed accounts of India’s former rulers – perfect for history lovers, just a bit forbidding for more mainstream readers who just want a flavour of the period and its personalities. Well, if…

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Review Round Up: Return of a King by William Dalrymple

March 1, 2013
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  Take one of the most troubled lands in the world. And get one of the world’s best writers to write about one of its most turbulent times. Well, that is exactly what has happened in Return of a King, in which renowned travel and history author turns his gaze on Afghanistan in 1839 and the…

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Seven books by Sir Ranulph Fiennes

November 25, 2011
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Seven books by Sir Ranulph Fiennes

by Nimish Dubey The world knows him as an intrepid adventurer, who last month became the oldest Briton to stand atop Mount Everest. But the 65-year-old Sir Ranulph Fiennes is also a fine author with a dry sense of humour and a narrative skill that matches his flair for adventure. So even as Sir Ranulph…

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