Birthday booklist

Birthday booklist

I have rather eclectic tastes when it come to reading. It’s my birthday today and my family have kindly pitched in to update me with…

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Reading the Tudors

Reading the Tudors

I have to admit to having really enjoyed immersing myself in the world of the Tudors in the last year or so. It all started with…

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The Help

The Help

I’m just back from a weekend away which gave me the chance to read a whole book between getting on a train after work on…

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Reading the holocaust

Reading the holocaust

The death of Gitta Sereny a couple of weeks ago, and recently finishing watching the World at War on DVD, both reminded me of reading a…

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Trilogies, Quartets and Quintets

Trilogies, Quartets and Quintets

There is nothing as enticing as getting stuck into a weighty trilogy, quartet or quintet that you know means immersion in a parallel world for at…

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The future of work

The future of work

I’ve been fascinated by work and books theorising the changing nature of work since I started my PhD on work and poverty in 1998. Since…

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On the guilty pleasure of reading a trashy book

On the guilty pleasure of reading a trashy book

When it comes to fiction, apart from loving a bit of crime and historical fiction, I like to think that I normally read what’s usually…

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Times they are a-changin

Times they are a-changin

Nothing tells you how fast things are changing more than reading a book written only a few years ago about how fast things are changing….

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A manifesto for the social sciences

A manifesto for the social sciences

Both Bad Science by Ben Goldacre and The Geek Manifesto by Mark Henderson make a strong case for standing up for rigorous science and the…

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Chronicling everyday life

Chronicling everyday life

After moving in April, I was unpacking boxes of alphabeticalised books (I am a bit too organised shall we say), and I noticed that Anne…

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