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The Million Dollar Blog

When asked as a kid what I wanted to be when I grew up, I usually answered that I wanted to be a writer. This response was usually met with some surprise, because answers like ‘teacher’ or ‘police officer’ obviously were far more common. Nowadays, lots of young people want […]

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Victoria: A Life

Over the years, A.N. Wilson has become renowned for his studied portraits of Victorian history. Now he has finally come around to attempt the impressive endeavour of chronicling the long and full life of Queen Victoria. The resultant biography succeeds in making an excellent first impression. To the book’s strength, […]

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Mad or Bad: Crime and Insanity in Victorian Britain

In the 19th century there was a growing awareness and scientific interest in the human mind. These first steps into what later would be called ‘psychology’ also changed the way people – judges, politicians and the general public – viewed criminal cases involving madness. This is what David J. Vaughan’s book Mad […]

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Belgravia

Ever heard that story about that one family who saw themselves rudely robbed of their joy and hopes for the continuation of their noble line after a single accident that made global headlines? The kind of story that would be related to you through the eyes of the family and […]

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The Lost Souls of Angelkov

Although it is well known that slaves in the United States were finally given their freedom in the 1860s, it is not so commonly known that in Russia, another form of slavery – serfdom – was abolished by the Tsar in 1861. At that time almost 40% of the Russian […]

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Simple Pleasures: The Free Range Cook

Half of my family can frequently be found in trees and bushes. Not because we have missed an evolutionary step, but because we simply like fresh food. What a joy it is to find that forgotten apple tree or to spot the first brambles of the season. This back-to-nature attitude […]

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SeaWAR

SeaWAR is the much awaited second part of Sarah Holding’s SeaBEAN trilogy. In the first book, Alice discovered that she and her friends can travel to any place in the world with a black futuristic cube called the C-BEAN. While this alone is very exiting, now Alice meets Karla, the […]

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A Royal Passion: Queen Victoria and Photography

Almost everyone owns a digital camera these days, or at least has a camera on their mobile phone. After a holiday, we return home with hundreds of pictures though most of them will never get printed. Photographs are everywhere, which makes it difficult to imagine what an impact the invention of […]

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Look Who’s Back

It’s quite a gamble to make your debut as a writer by making fun of Hitler. Especially in Germany. Yet that’s exactly what Timur Vermes did in 2012, when he published his absurdist story of Adolf Hitler being revived. Now it’s time for the English speaking world to discover this […]

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Empress of the Night: A Novel of Catherine the Great

“Nobody survives alone. Not here. Not at this court.” This is one of many lessons Catherine the Great learns during her years at court. In the sequel to The Winter Palace, Eva Stachniak returns to the extravagant life of the grand lady of Russia’s Golden Age. Where The Winter Palace […]