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Foundation series: episode 1

I'll be honest. My expectations were low going into this adaptation, not only because it's one of my favourite book series (dry though it undoubtedly is at times), but also because I just couldn't see how they were going to pull this off without completely rewriting...

Extinction Pulse Chapter 1 Audio

Listen to an AI reading out the first chapter of Extinction Pulse, book 1 of the Nightfall series of post apocalyptic sci-fi novels.Chapter One Elijah   Day 1: Glendale, CA. Detective Elijah Wade glanced up at the colorful streaks of light dancing in the evening sky...

Outliers by Malcolm Gladwell

This is a book to read, be amazed by and then to evaluate in the light of the time that has passed since. The broad thrust of Gladwell's argument seems to be supported, but some of the detail might be controversial. Some of the aspects of society that he brings up are...
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Atomic Habits by James Clear

This is one of those books that, if implemented, could change your life. I'm not going to say too much about it here, except that it has the best opening page of any book I've ever read. And then continues with a fascinating description of how Clear came to understand...

David Copperfield

David CopperfieldI don't know about you, but I often daydream about which books, movies or albums I'd take to a desert island and, for the past ten years or so, David Copperfield has been on that list. I studied Dickens at school, but it bored the pants off me, so I...

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Foundation series: episode 1

Foundation series: episode 1

I'll be honest. My expectations were low going into this adaptation, not only because it's one of my favourite book series (dry though it undoubtedly is at times), but also because I just couldn't see how they were going to pull this off without completely rewriting...

Outliers by Malcolm Gladwell

Outliers by Malcolm Gladwell

This is a book to read, be amazed by and then to evaluate in the light of the time that has passed since. The broad thrust of Gladwell's argument seems to be supported, but some of the detail might be controversial. Some of the aspects of society that he brings up are...

Atomic Habits by James Clear

Atomic Habits by James Clear

This is one of those books that, if implemented, could change your life. I'm not going to say too much about it here, except that it has the best opening page of any book I've ever read. And then continues with a fascinating description of how Clear came to understand...

David Copperfield

David Copperfield

David CopperfieldI don't know about you, but I often daydream about which books, movies or albums I'd take to a desert island and, for the past ten years or so, David Copperfield has been on that list. I studied Dickens at school, but it bored the pants off me, so I...

Who Gives A Crap

Who Gives A Crap

Who wants to talk about toilet paper? No, me neither. But the guys behind Who Gives A Crap have made an essential, but, shall we say, unglamorous aspect of our daily lives a little better for the planet. Their toilet paper is made from recycled paper (or bamboo if...

The end of the apostrophe

The end of the apostrophe

Fake news? Or, indeed, fake new's? The retirement, at 96, of the founder of the Apostrophe Protection Society can hardly be the most surprising news, but it made a (slightly) interesting diversion from the usual doom and gloom, although John Richards himself was...

Wolf in Shadow by David Gemmell

Wolf in Shadow by David Gemmell

Buy the book on Amazon.com Buy the book on Amazon.co.uk Buy the book elsewhere By David Gemmell Written originally to be a standalone novel, Wolf in Shadow eventually became the first in a trilogy of stories set in a post-apocalyptic fantasy version of Earth. It's...

Carnival Row: Amazon Prime

Carnival Row: Amazon Prime

See on Amazon.com See on Amazon.co.uk with Orlando Bloom and Cara Delevingne This season rewards patience. A little backstory heavy for the first half, this series gets very good towards the end. Kev. With a serial killer loose on Carnival Row, and a government that...

The Wee Free Men by Terry Pratchett

The Wee Free Men by Terry Pratchett

Buy the book on Amazon.com Buy the book on Amazon.co.uk By Terry Pratchett The Nac Mac Feegle are one of the greatest fantasy creations. Crivens! Kev. A nightmarish danger threatens from the other side of reality . . . Armed with only a frying pan and her common...

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