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Don’t tell UKIP but…

May 29th, 2014 · 3 Comments · Life

…the Swedes and their Nordic friends seem to be taking over. First of all, there are all those TV shows (that I haven’t actually seen) like The Bridge and Wallander, then there are all those crime novels (that I haven’t actually read) by Steig Larsson and Jo Nesbø and the filmmakers like Lars Von Trier […]

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A Man Called Ove

May 27th, 2014 · 2 Comments · Life

I recently read a book with the slightly underwhelming title of A Man Called Ove by a new author, Fredrick Backman which is by a long way the best book I have read so far this year, and with hindsight the title is exactly right. It is out in hardback (and probably e-book format) in […]

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Sibling rivalry

October 14th, 2013 · 1 Comment · Life

I have a new competitor: one of my sisters has just started a WordPress.com blog for book reviews at bd13books.wordpress.com. Should be worth keeping an eye on. Its like the Milibands all over again, but without the public attention!

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Epic holiday reading fail

September 2nd, 2013 · 4 Comments · Life

The other day I started to prepare for our impending hoday by stocking up on some reading matter. Our last holiday was a bit of a disaster in that department: Jayne took one book, thinking it would last her but finished it after a couple of days. I thought I was better prepared with my […]

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A novel instance of Savile

October 18th, 2012 · Comments Off · Life

I have just started reading David Nobbs’ new novel The Fall and Rise of Gordon Coppinger (thanks Jane!) and came across something very interesting on page 12. The hero, Sir Gordon Coppinger, is wondering whether the press had information about an infidelity of his and whether they would write anything about it: He was invulnerable […]

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The way we were

September 4th, 2012 · Comments Off · Life, Technology

At the moment I am re-reading a humorous book about computers from 1996 called Dave Barry in Cyberspace. I have quite a few of his books and like to dip into the ones that are basically collections of his newspaper columns every now and then because they are light reading and more or less timeless. […]

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Harry Harrison RIP

August 26th, 2012 · 1 Comment · Life

Yesterday I was surprised and sad to hear that Harry Harrison died on August 15th. I was surprised because these days when somebody well-known dies you learn about it really quickly, either in the normal media or from Facebook or Twitter updates. I’m sure that quite a few people I follow on Twitter and Facebook […]

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Alice in Zombieland

August 20th, 2012 · Comments Off · Uncategorized

Another book I finished this month: Alice in Zombieland by Gena Showalter. It is due to be published in October. I leapt in and started reading this just on the strength of the title, being a bit of a zombie fan, so I didn’t notice that this is a book aimed at the teen market […]

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Soccernomics

August 19th, 2012 · Comments Off · Life

Yet another recently finished book – it has been a good month for reading. This one is Soccernomics by Simon Kuper and Stefan Szymanski. Here is what I wrote about it:

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Thihnking Fast and Slow

August 19th, 2012 · Comments Off · Life

Another book I recently finished is Thinking Fast and Slow by Daniel Kahneman. It is another one of those books that occupies the intersection of psychology and economics, so if you liked Nudge, Freakonomics, The Wisdom of Crowds, Predictably Irrational, The Black Swan or any of the other many similar books you will probably love […]

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