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Elections and Economics

Numbers to Deceive

The unexpected result of the recent British general election set me thinking about statistics, and polls, and how (un)reliable they are – and how people love to lie. 432 more words


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The Spider’s Web

I talk and write about books a lot, usually about books I have read. For this landmark post (it will be my 100th post on WordPress in my present incarnation), I’m going to talk about one I haven’t read. 248 more words

Writing And Publishing

The Theory of Everything

Travelling to Infinity

by Jane Hawking

A few weeks ago, I went to see the award-winning James Marsh film, The Theory of Everything, with Eddie Redmayne as Stephen Hawking and Felicity Jones as his wife, Jane. 807 more words

Writing And Publishing

Gone to London to see the Queen!

The Heart of Midlothian

by Sir Walter Scott

‘On the day when the unhappy Porteous was expected to suffer the sentence of the law, the place of execution, extensive as it is, was crowded almost to suffocation.’ 717 more words
Writing And Publishing

The Taxidermist's Daughter by Kate Mosse

“…. Connie lined up the scalpel and cut. At first, a gentle shifting, nothing more. Then the tip of the blade pierced the skin, and the point slipped in.” 613 more words
Writing And Publishing

Going Dutch

The Miniaturist

by Jessie Burton

“The funeral is supposed to be a quiet affair, for the deceased had no friends. But words are water in Amsterdam, they flood your ears and set the rot, and the church’s east corner is crowded.” 574 more words

Writing And Publishing

An Appetite For Wonder

The Making of a Scientist

by Richard Dawkins

Professor Dawkins is one of the few dedicated scientists who can write about the most complex subject and make it both interesting and comprehensible. 467 more words