13 Nov 2009
Chris Lloyd’s excellent lectures at The Royal Institution based on his books What on Earth Evolved and What on Earth Happened are now available on YouTube
11 Nov 2009
Andrew Lownie will be appearing at Jez Fez, a festival of writing, in York 9th-11th April 2010. More details at http://www.writersworkshop.co.uk/index.html
06 Nov 2009
Jago Lee’s gripping Channel 4 documentary about Mike Perham’s single-handed circumnavigation of the world went out last night.
The film can be seen on 4oD, link here: The Boy Who Sailed the World
Mike’s book, Dangerous Seas, has just been sold to Transworld and will be published next March.
05 Nov 2009
“this compelling history.” Evening Standard
“Wolmar tells these stories well and brings out the drama of the situations…Among the more interesting sections are the discussions of the importance of railways in warfare…The book as a whole is very readable, and one can only admire anyone who undertakes such a huge task.” Literary Review
“…a book both for the historian and the traveller, as it explains the political, social and economic background to many of the great railway journeys of the world, such as the Trans-Siberian. And it fills a gap for, although there are many individual studies of railways in different countries, there is none that examines the railway as a worldwide phenomenon…this rich, rewarding book…” Gavin Stamp, Country Life
05 Nov 2009
An example of the sort of fan mail and loyalty Cathy Glass’s memoirs generate. No wonder each book is a bestseller!
Where do I start? I have read all of your books, Damaged, Hidden, Cut and The Saddest Girl In The World and have been moved by all of them. Not one book has been read with dry eyes. I think you are such an amazing person for doing what you have done over the years for the children you have accepted into your care, your home and your family. Your children Adrian and Paula and later Lucy deserve a big Well Done too for the patience and understanding they have shown to children who are not as lucky as they are to have a wonderful Mum like you.
Everything you do for the children has such an impact on their lives and their futures, you must be so proud. Reading those four book’s is surely just the tip of the iceberg? they are four out of the many you have fostered over the years.
Amazing work and you make it sound so effortless sometimes! I know with some you have encountered real problems but you seem to handle any situation with ease. I am a single Mum of 2 boys and it’s not easy, but you are a true inspiration to me, I do the best I can for them,and provide them with the things so many children don’t have…..love, care and stability.
I have always wanted to do something as rewarding as you, but I don’t think I would be able to cope emotionally with the situations I could be put in. I am a Teaching Assistant in a local Primary School and that is very rewarding. I am looking forward to 2010/2011 and the release of Happy Kids, Girl in the Mirror, Kids in Care and Eclipse of the Heart. It is nice to hear you are writing novels…can’t wait for those. Every time I have finished one of your books, I look forward to the next. Just this time I have to wait a bit longer! I would like to wish you Best Wishes and Good Luck for your future, keep writing please xx you are an inspiration.
04 Nov 2009
“…a detailed and enjoyable political history of the British aristocracy…a readable, chronological account packed with lively and interesting anecdotes…James’s writing is easy and fluent, and (that) his book is written for the general reader, not for the scholar, the historian or the professional genealogist. His chapters on the Irish aristocracy, on American republicanism, on the Whig movement and on aristocratic sporting habits are all first rate, but where he excels is in his frequent and fine descriptions of the shifting balance in relations between the aristocracy and the Crown, and between the aristocracy and the middleclass. He demonstrates considerable skill in marshalling vast amounts of disparate material and forming it all into a coherent and structured whole. There is not a single page without some peculiarly interesting fact upon it…This is atavistic history, to be read aloud at the fireside, a book that returns to the once popular notion that English history is essentially a history of the monarchy and the aristocracy. Does anyone remember Our Island Story? A wonderful book – well, this is the same sort of thing, only for grown-ups.” Alexander Waugh, Literary Review
“Lawrence James’s stylish book is a reminder of the extraordinary staying power of Britain’s aristocracy from 1066 into the 20th century….one of the delights of this book is its attention to noblemen who tend to be overlooked in histories preoccupied with the big political families.” Sunday Express
“James traces the history of the aristocracy at breakneck speed in two dozen short and snappy chapters with few pretensions to scholarship but a keen eye for amusing details…he keeps the anecdotes flowing nicely. “ Dominic Sandbrook, Sunday Times
“…paints the nobility with all its warts….he has a gift for illustrating points with memorable examples and writing generally pithy prose…” Financial Times
“…an entertaining work…” Noel Malcolm, Spectator
“…this erudite history…He is brilliant at dissecting the changing fashions of architecture as an expression of power…He has an aptitude for the literary flourish and caustic aside…” Times Literary Supplement
“An accessible history of the last 900 years through the perspective of the aristocracy, and of the aristocracy through that of this history, Lawrence James’s well-written book…” Jeremy Black, BBC History Magazine
“…this engaging history.” Bookseller
“Impeccably researched, balanced and brilliantly entertaining, Aristocrats is an enthralling history of power, influence and an extraordinary knack for survival of a class that has always wielded power and exerted influence on culture, sport, politics and much else besides…” Warwick Books
“Lawrence James has written the story of this ruling class and its nine-hundred-year rule with an insight and accuracy that lays bare the infrastructure that supports a much misunderstood function, whilst putting it vividly in context.” The Resident
04 Nov 2009
‘WHAT BOOK ARE YOU READING NOW ?’ [Daily Mail, 16 October 2009] BY JEFFREY ARCHER:
I am reading We Danced All Night by Martin Pugh (Vintage £8.99). This excellent book is a social history of Britain which covers the period between the two World Wars. I was born in 1940, so I find it particularly fascinating. I’d quite forgotten the days before television, refigerators, mobile phones, canned Coca Cola, when we had 240 pennies in the pound, no parking meters and a king was still on the throne.’
04 Nov 2009
It’s been a busy week for Gurpareet Bains, author of the forthcoming Indian Superfood, as he unveiled the world’s healthiest meal - a curry. Some of the extensive world media coverage , much still to come,can be seen as follows: 30/10/2009 Daily Mail: http://www.dailymail.co.uk/femail/food/article-1223755/Recipe-health-Chef-cooks-cancer-fighting-curry.html Daily Telegraph: http://www.telegraph.co.uk/health/healthnews/6465024/Anglo-Indian-chef-creates-worlds-healthiest-curry-a-curry.html Daily Mirror: http://www.mirror.co.uk/news/top-stories/2009/10/30/my-curry-to-beat-cancer-115875-21784047/ Marie Claire: http://www.marieclaire.co.uk/news/428697/chef-cooks-world-s-healthiest-meal.html BBC Radio 2 with Chris Evans, who said ‘it’s the best curry I have ever tasted in all of my life’. Chris has invited Gurpareet back to cook the curry on air just before Christmas 2009: http://www.bbc.co.uk/iplayer/episode/b00nh5m8/ChrisEvans30_102009/ If you start listening from 1hr35mins through to 1hr46mins, you will hear Gurpareet’s interview. 05/11/2009 Heart FM Bedford: http://www.heartbedford.co.uk/article.asp?id=1572873 07/11/2009 BBC Three Counties Radio. Presenter, Matt Deasely is tasting his curry live on air. 09/11/2009 Heart FM Bedford. An in-depth interview with Tony Dibbins and Emily Saint on Heart Breakfast. Tony has already said that the curry ‘is the nicest ever ever ever’ (It was pre-recorded): http://www.heartbedford.co.uk/article.asp?id=1572873 17/11/2009 Neil Morrisey, Charlie Lawson (Rain Man), Michelle McManus and Stephen Jardine will be sampling his curry on STV (Scottish ITV) - . Radio presenters and the general public have also been asking whether Gurpareet’s food is available to buy in the supermarket!!
04 Nov 2009
This piece from The New Yorker about authors doing their own publicity might bring a wry smile
04 Nov 2009
The New York Times of 3rd November profiles Daniel Tammet. It can be found at http://www.nytimes.com/2009/11/03/health/03asperger.html