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

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Book Review: Empireland – How Imperialism Has Shaped Modern Britain by Sathnam Sanghera

My rating: 5 of 5 stars A long-time lover of Global history, I’m very aware just how too much of what I’ve read has been written by white British historians (Peter Frankopan is just about the best of them). I recently started a run of reading non-white historians to get a much better balance of… Read More Book Review: Empireland – How Imperialism Has Shaped Modern Britain by Sathnam Sanghera

Book Review: Dishoom – From Bombay with Love by Shamil Thakrar, Kavi Thakrar & Naved Nasir

My rating: 5 of 5 starsSeveral years ago, a friend from the blogging world introduced me to Dishoom in Shoreditch. It was an instant love affair (with the place, not the friend) and now, whenever I’m in London, I always make sure I go there for lunch or, better still, breakfast. And if you’re ever… Read More Book Review: Dishoom – From Bombay with Love by Shamil Thakrar, Kavi Thakrar & Naved Nasir

Book Review: An Idiot Abroad: The Travel Diaries of Karl Pilkington by Karl Pilkington

An Idiot Abroad: The Travel Diaries of Karl Pilkington by Karl Pilkington My rating: 1 of 5 stars Easily in the bottom five books I’ve ever read. This is a truly appalling book, not just because of the sentiments uttered within but because of the more dangerous aspect that so many people connect with the… Read More Book Review: An Idiot Abroad: The Travel Diaries of Karl Pilkington by Karl Pilkington