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When Optimism is Truly False: Extraordinary Popular Delusions and the Madness of Crowds by Charles Mackay

Charles Dickens wrote only one of the 85 leaders published about railway mania. He viewed free markets as the best way to achieve expansion. When the new Royal Exchange building in London was opened, Charles Mackay wrote extensive coverage of … Continue reading

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Alone in Berlin by Hans Fallada

Following on from my last post about reading books discovered in the blogosphere, there was a spate of posts about Alone in Berlin some time ago, which made its cover instantly recognisable to me. In short, I’m glad to have … Continue reading

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Review of Blurb and BookWright

I’m helping someone put their old blog posts together into several print books. I’m being called on, I imagine, because of having previously published e-books. I spent years as a typesetter and designer for Royal Mail too. However, print books … Continue reading

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Book Group Marathons

My partner and I are currently working our way through Book Group on DVD. Once you start the first episode of the first series, it’s hard to resist another episode, and then another until, before you now it, you’re onto … Continue reading

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Martin Amis and the Wrong Kind of Money

My goodness. Looking back, I realise how much I gassed on about this novel to my partner while I was reading it. We went on walks while visiting her relatives, and that romantic myth about walking and talking books with … Continue reading

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The Spy Who Came in from the Cold by John Le Carré

There are times when you’re in a secondhand bookshop and you come across an old and fading paperback. If it’s among a general stock of them, it tells you that the shop has limited supply options, especially if they’re thrillers … Continue reading

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Review: Whatever by Michel Houellebecq

Whatever is a novel that will be recognised by the few who are familiar with Atomised. Fewer still will have read it. While Atomised occasionally pops up in charity bookshops, Houellebecq’s other works rarely appear in the secondhand market, perhaps … Continue reading

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