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History of the World in Twelve Maps

Friday, 17 October 2014 Issue Vol. XXII No. 42 By Lang Reid
I have always enjoyed being in the company of anyone who is totally passionate about some subject, even if I (previously) had no interest in it at all. Author of…

Adolf Hitler

Friday, 10 October 2014 Issue Vol. XXII No. 41 By Lang Reid
As time marches on, there are large chunks of our history which can be shown to be fallaciously reported, through to downright lies.  The younger generation are often fed misrepresentations…

Writing on the Wall

Friday, 03 October 2014 Issue Vol. XXII No. 40 By Lang Reid
I am not a lover of FaceBook.  I do not have a Twitter account.  So when I spied Writing on the Wall on the Bookazine shelves which on its front…

What Should We Be Worried About?

Friday, 26 September 2014 Issue Vol. XXII No. 39 By Lang Reid
What keeps scientist awake at night?  The book “What Should We Be Worried About?” is a very interesting slant on today’s world and where we are heading (ISBN978-0-06-229623-8, Harper Collins…

Honorary Consul Pattaya

Friday, 19 September 2014 Issue Vol. XXII No. 38 By Lang Reid
Barry Kenyon worked as the British Honorary Consul in Pattaya for 14 years up to 2010.  In that time, he met all types of British subjects and dealt with all…

Cycle of Lies

Friday, 12 September 2014 Issue Vol. XXII No. 37 By Lang Reid
Lance Armstrong was a world name for his fight against cancer and then his fight to be one of the best racing cyclists known. Unfortunately he also became an infamous…

Ta-Ra-Ra-Boom-De-Ay

Friday, 05 September 2014 Issue Vol. XXII No. 36 By Lang Reid
Ta-Ra-Ra-Boom-De-Ay has been written by local personality Simon Napier-Bell, with the sub-title The Dodgy Business of Popular Music (ISBN 978-1-78352-031-2, Unbound Books, 2014).  And if you want to meet someone…

White Lies

Friday, 29 August 2014 Issue Vol. XXII No. 35 By Lang Reid
I slipped into Bookazine in The Avenue to check on new titles. I did not have to look hard, coming immediately across the latest book from prolific writer Stephen Leather,…

Alligator Blood

Friday, 22 August 2014 Issue Vol. XXII No. 34 By Lang Reid
After reading James Leighton’s book Alligator Blood (ISBN 978-1-47111-330-7, Simon and Schuster, 2013) I came to the conclusion that I have lived a very sheltered life. Alligator Blood describes a…

The Story of the Human Body

Friday, 15 August 2014 Issue Vol. XXII No. 33 By Lang Reid
The Story of the Human Body (ISBN 978-0-307-74180-6, Vintage Books, July 2014) and written by Daniel E. Lieberman, a Harvard Professor, has a subtitle Evolution, Health, and Disease.  With the…

Saints of the Shadow Bible

Friday, 08 August 2014 Issue Vol. XXII No. 32 By Lang Reid
My education must be lacking.  I saw the book Saints of the Shadow Bible (ISBN 978-1-4091-2948-6, Orion Books, 2013) on the Bookazine shelves and the author, Ian Rankin, rang no…

Gotti

Friday, 01 August 2014 Issue Vol. XXII No. 31 By Lang Reid
Why do I have such a fascination for gangsters?  The only reason I can think of is that having been inculcated with the concept of being law abiding, I am…

Flight MH 370

Friday, 25 July 2014 Issue Vol. XXII No. 30 By Lang Reid
The investigators have not even found the missing Malaysian Airlines plane MH 370, but already there is a book about the mystery on the Bookazine shelves!  With a mixture of…

Slash

Friday, 18 July 2014 Issue Vol. XXII No. 29 By Lang Reid
My first exposure to a rock guitarist called Slash, was after hearing the band Guns N’ Roses which was led by a rather melodramatic and off-the-wall character called Axl Rose.

A Street Cat Named Bob

Friday, 11 July 2014 Issue Vol. XXII No. 28 By Lang Reid
I did my usual browse at Bookazine in the Avenue, looking for some book or other to jump off the shelves and into my hand.  The biographies didn’t excite me,…
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