The Etymologicon – Mark Forsyth

  Etymology – the study of words and how their meaning has changed throughout history, and of the origins of a word. This is an interesting book. The author ranges across continents, languages, ancient and modern societies, and even different species, in what seems to be a free association of thoughts. I learnt that “Buffalo … Continue reading The Etymologicon – Mark Forsyth

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

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

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

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