Monday, March 31, 2008

This Secret Garden: Oxford Revisited

Justin Cartwright's contribution to Bloomsbury's "writer and the city" series is a poignant meditation on youth and age. "Oxford is the city of youth ... the books, the dons, the buildings are sets and props against which youth parades itself," he writes, and at 63, wandering alone through the streets in autumn surrounded by freshers, Cartwright feels his age.


Saturday, March 22, 2008

The Bible + AK47

It's foolish to take Genesis literally, said Philo, a contemporary of Jesus, yet as Karen Armstrong reveals in this fascinating book, the Bible is being read more literally today than ever before.


Saturday, March 8, 2008

Austerity Britain + The Middle Class

This gossipy, evocative book documents the postwar comedown of a nation...

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