• 5 July 2015

    Brought up in a military family in Florida, Russell's worldview was shaped by the expectation that he would one day join the forces, and he was taken aback by his father's (successful) attempts to talk him out of it.

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  • 4 July 2015

    If you think the ruthless politics and the bloody diplomacy of Game of Thrones is pushing it in terms of dynastic power play, the toxic relationships and motives before, during and after the ill-conceived marriage of the Catholic Marguerite de Valois, daughter of Henri II and Catherine de Medici, to the Protestant Henri de Bourbon, king of Navarre, on a platform in front of the great facade of Notre Dame on 18 August 1572, are the stuff of nightmare - though also of novels, epic poetry, theatre and movies.

  • 4 July 2015

    Travels in the far north leave writer Malachy Tallack wondering where and what home is.

  • 4 July 2015

    Fredrik Sjöberg lives on Runmarö, an island off the coast of Stockholm, and collects hoverflies.

  • 4 July 2015

    This interesting conflation of social and military history details how Britain's ruling elite reacted to Napoleon's rise to power.

  • 4 July 2015

    Benjamin Johncock's debut novel follows the life of US Air Force pilot Jim Harrison, who is trying to start a family in the Mojave Desert whilst dancing with death in the American skies.

  • 4 July 2015

    "When does empathy actually reinforce the pain it was meant to console?" Jamison frequently asks this sort of subtle and intelligent question in this collection of nuanced essays on how we respond to the suffering of others.