Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks – Rebecca Skloot

Summary: This is a non-fiction journalistic investigation into the life of Henrietta Lacks. Henrietta was an average African-American woman, struggling to make ends meet in 1950’s America, raising a large family (five children) while living on the edge of poverty. What made her life exceptional was her death, or rather the reason for her death. … Continue reading Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks – Rebecca Skloot

Written in History – Simon Sebag Montefiore

Summary: Most of our modern history relies on the written word. Mostly we read the words of the victors, the burnished version of events. This anthology approaches history from an intriguing angle. Under titles ranging form “Courage” and “Discovery”, to “Folly” “War” and “Disaster”, the author reveals to us, in the words of those who … Continue reading Written in History – Simon Sebag Montefiore

Defeating the Ministers of Death – David Isaacs

Summary: This is essentially a numbers book: Spanish flu 1918: Infected 500 million people globally, killing up to 50 million. Smallpox 1950: 10 million die from an estimated 50 million cases worldwide. Diphtheria 1930’s: Third leading cause of child death in England and Wales. (This one is personal, as my own mother had it as … Continue reading Defeating the Ministers of Death – David Isaacs

The Moth: Occasional Magic

Summary: I had never heard of The Moth, or what it does. It is primarily an American thing, with the occasional show in London and the like. The premise is essentially people getting up and telling their stories. These people run the full gamut, from famous artists, writers and other celebrities, to other less well-known … Continue reading The Moth: Occasional Magic

How To Remove A Brain – David Haviland

Summary: This is one of those books where you can get a whole load of squeamish and interesting facts and stories, that can be thrown casually into conversation. Plot: The author takes us through a journey over ten chapters, covering areas such as the Wisdom of the Ancients [interesting approach to contraception, for example, and … Continue reading How To Remove A Brain – David Haviland

January 2019 – Wrap-Up!

  January eased itself through the door – I was away in Mayo for a few days, and I didn’t get back to reviewing until January 11th! I was lucky enough to have been able to host my VERY FIRST GUEST POST, The Social Critiques of Philosophical Reason by Greg Hickey! I had hoped to … Continue reading January 2019 – Wrap-Up!