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

Book Review: In search of black history with Bonnie Greer by Bonnie Greer

My rating: 4 of 5 stars This series of eight podcasts with multi-talented Bonnie Greer, who – among many, many accomplishments – was also the first Black American woman to become not just a trustee of the British Museum but also serve as Deputy Chair, is the first of a series of writings I’m working… Read More Book Review: In search of black history with Bonnie Greer by Bonnie Greer

Book Review: Half of a Yellow Sun by Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie

Half of a Yellow Sun by Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie My rating: 5 of 5 stars I have become accustomed to disappointment when picking up a relatively new book (as in, written with the last 15 years) which everyone tells me is ‘a classic’. I can think of several such books I’ve read where, at best,… Read More Book Review: Half of a Yellow Sun by Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie