Book Review: Climate Change Is Racist: Race, Privilege and the Struggle for Climate Justice by Jeremy Williams

My rating: 4 of 5 stars Jeremy Williams is one of the top writers on climate change. His book, The Economics of Arrival, written with Katherine Trebeck, is arguably one of the best modern books tackling climate change and economics. His website – The Earthbound Report – is recognised as one of the best on… Read More Book Review: Climate Change Is Racist: Race, Privilege and the Struggle for Climate Justice by Jeremy Williams

Book Review: You Don’t Want to Know – The grisly, jaw-dropping and most macabre moments from history, nature and beyond by James Felton

My rating: 4 of 5 stars James Felton is one of those writers who don’t just call a spade a spade: they call it a fecking great shovel. And when I say ‘fecking’, that’s not the word he’s really using, obviously. It’s a close cousin. He uses it a lot. Combine this with the actual… Read More Book Review: You Don’t Want to Know – The grisly, jaw-dropping and most macabre moments from history, nature and beyond by James Felton

Book Review: Fake Law – The Truth About Justice in an Age of Lies by The Secret Barrister

My rating: 5 of 5 stars The anonymous ‘Secret Barrister’ is back with another hard-hitting and surprisingly emotional roller-coaster ride of a book about exactly what’s going wrong in law. In the first book, the author looked at the legal system and demonstrated all but unequivocally that government under-funding and distinctly iffy traditions (don’t ever… Read More Book Review: Fake Law – The Truth About Justice in an Age of Lies by The Secret Barrister

Book Review: Welcome to the Universe – An Astrophysical Tour by Neil deGrasse Tyson

My rating: 4 of 5 stars Everything you could want to know about astrophysics – and way, way moreā€¦(no, really) It is difficult to go wrong with a book on this subject written by these three authors, all at the top of their respective trees. Tyson et al do a good job of applying Feynman… Read More Book Review: Welcome to the Universe – An Astrophysical Tour by Neil deGrasse Tyson

Book Review: Why Balloons Rise and Apples Fall – The Laws That Make the World Work by Jeff Stewart

My rating: 4 of 5 stars Bought on a whim while at the British Museum, I picked up this little gem in the hope that I might glean some useful simple analogies and explanations to use with my science students. I wasn’t disappointed. Jeff Stewart is as funny as he is well informed. Dealing with… Read More Book Review: Why Balloons Rise and Apples Fall – The Laws That Make the World Work by Jeff Stewart

Review: The Rise and Fall of the British Empire by Patrick N. Allitt

My rating: 3 of 5 stars Patrick N. Allitt comes across, in this series of audio lectures, as a very pleasant, easy-going and genial academic. His voice absolutely sounds like it belongs to a British comedian though I can’t, for the life of me, think who he makes me think of. Overall, the lectures feel… Read More Review: The Rise and Fall of the British Empire by Patrick N. Allitt