Book Review – Homo Deus: A Brief History of Tomorrow by Yuval Noah Harari

Homo Deus: A Brief History of Tomorrow by Yuval Noah Harari My rating: 4 of 5 stars The four stars I’ve given this book are, I’ll admit from the start, somewhat out of respect for this brilliant author rather than wholly deserved with this ‘sequel’ to his superb ‘Sapiens’. There are many passages which frankly… Read More Book Review – Homo Deus: A Brief History of Tomorrow by Yuval Noah Harari

Theatre Review: A Streetcar Named Desire

Originally published in Lancashire Life Theatre Review: A Streetcar Named Desire By Ken Powell The English Touring Theatre (ETT) have come to the Lake District’s Theatre by the Lake (TBTL) to present a new version of Tennessee William’s classic ‘A Streetcar Named Desire‘. Just as the themes of the play are difficult (Williams didn’t believe… Read More Theatre Review: A Streetcar Named Desire

Book Review: The Handmaid’s Tale by Margaret Atwood

The Handmaid’s Tale by Margaret Atwood My rating: 4 of 5 stars There’s no doubt about it, Margaret Atwood spins a good yarn. ‘The Handmaid’s Tale’ is an interesting, well-written dystopian story of a near future where strict and extremist Christian religion has taken over the entire political and social order of America and subdued… Read More Book Review: The Handmaid’s Tale by Margaret Atwood

Book Review – Sapiens: A Brief History of Humankind by Yuval Noah Harari

Sapiens: A Brief History of Humankind by Yuval Noah Harari My rating: 5 of 5 stars There are some books which are so breathtakingly clear, honest and courageous that they instantly leap into the canon of ‘must-reads’ which will abide for decades to come. Peter Frankopan’s history book ‘The Silk Roads’ is one such example.… Read More Book Review – Sapiens: A Brief History of Humankind by Yuval Noah Harari

Book Review: The Lost Continent – Travels in Small Town America by Bill Bryson

The Lost Continent: Travels in Small Town America by Bill Bryson My rating: 3 of 5 stars It was really rather interesting reading this book by one of my favourite authors. One of his earliest books, ‘The Lost Continent’ is something of a (now) backwards look at 80s America (mostly by car) by a relatively… Read More Book Review: The Lost Continent – Travels in Small Town America by Bill Bryson