The Byzantine World War – Nick Holmes

Summary: An interesting and thought-provoking overview of that most enigmatic of empires, Byzantium. It deals specifically with the hundred years or so before and including the First Crusade, and makes a compelling argument to treat the desperate defence of Byzantium, and the prosecution of the Crusade as the real first world war. Main Characters: Romanus … Continue reading The Byzantine World War – Nick Holmes

Iron, Fire and Ice – Ed West

Summary: Game of Thrones (GoT), the HBO series based on George Martin’s Song of Ice and Fire series, has been one of the most successful TV series ever. The series is fictional, but in reality Martin was largely inspired by the English War of the Roses, and through this book you find that, sometimes, the … Continue reading Iron, Fire and Ice – Ed West

A Short History of Nearly Everything – Bill Bryson

Summary: This is a history of science, and really does cover nearly everything from astrology to zoology. Most –ologies are to be found in here! It is a big book, but not daunting. The writing is easy and engaging, made for the layman, and breaks complicated stuff down into bite-size chunks. The book is structured … Continue reading A Short History of Nearly Everything – Bill Bryson

Passionate Travellers – Dr. Trish Nicholson

Summary: 21 tales, of the famous, not-so-famous and the once-famous-and-now-forgotten. 21 stories of travel, in the days before maps, GPS, before international health insurance, before UN safe zones. Main Characters: 21 very different men and women, who undertook their journeys for a myriad of different reasons. Some were planned, some thrust upon them. Some of … Continue reading Passionate Travellers – Dr. Trish Nicholson