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Non-fiction Review: The Invention of Nature by Andrea Wulf

Long before I knew who he was, Alexander von Humboldt had exercised a major influence over me. I first encountered his name in an undergraduate oceanography lecture, when I learned about the Humboldt current that flows northward along the Pacific

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Non-fiction Review: The Spy Who Loved by Clare Mulley

A schoolgirl wanted to know how saintly the school’s priest was. When this schoolgirl wanted to know something, she didn’t stop wanting to know until she found out. It transpired that the priest wasn’t up to the standards of the

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Non-fiction review: Churchill’s Iceman by Henry Hemming

In 1914, a 21-year old journalist escaped from a German internment camp using an optical illusion. It was neither the most bizarre nor the most brilliant act of his life. In 1942, the British Chief of Combined Operations, Lord Louis

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Book review: Hitler’s Valkyrie by David RL Litchfield

Imagine the Bennet sisters from Pride and Prejudice gone horribly wrong and you’ll have some idea of the famous Mitford girls. Replace Mr Darcy with Oswald Mosley, leader of the British Union of fascists through most of the 1930s, and the

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