The portrayal of love and loss

O’Farrell’s novel begins in 1598, with Hamnet discovering his twin sister Judith has taken sick and searching for someone to help her, not realising his own illness was beyond cure, An emotionally devastating account of bard’s only son. Hamnet is inspired by the son of famous playwright and the story of the bond between the…

Will China soon usurp the US as the world’s supreme power?

  Kishore Mahbubani,  a former president of the UN Security Council  (Jan 2001, May 2002), a scholar and diplomat with unrivaled access to policymakers in Beijing and Washington, has given us a definitive guide to the deep fault lines in the relationship and assessing the risk of any confrontation, and an honest appraisal of the…

“Salt-licked winds” and life of Cornwall’s fishing community

Lamorna Ash’s evocative, lyrical and profound memoir of a Cornish fishing village community in Newlyn, the largest working fishing port in Britain and highlights the meditation on the soul of a place in the face of globalisation. #Twenty-Two-year-old Londoner Ash,  found gutting fish is a messy business as she was onboard 79ft beam trawler dipping…

Productivity-enhancing wonder drug

Would you believe coffee, the world’s most popular drug is an indispensable part of daily life for billions of people around the world – one of the most valuable commodities in the history of global capitalism? In1896 March, an American graduate did a strange contraption – “ glass cage” in fact a copper chamber, seven…

How Cold War was won by soft power

The Human Factor a penetrating detailed analysis of the role of political leadership in the cold war’s ending by Emeritus professor of politics Archie Brown. From March 1985 to December 1991, Mikhail Gorbachev helped to transform Russia into a society freer than at any time in its 1000-year-old history, by putting relations between Moscow  and…

Samsung battles Apple and Sony to dominate the world of technology

Samsung the South Korean electronics group dynasty overtook  Apple as the biggest profit generator in the second quarter of 2017 as Economist and Wall Street JOunrl Journalist, Geoffrey Cain highlights part of  genius of Samsung’s  business model” and reveals an explosive expose of one of the biggest and most secretive companies  in the world, as Samsung…

Brexit, Money laundering Geriatric sex in European crime caper

Marina Lewycka, author of A Short History of Tractors in Ukrainian, in her new book, tackles money laundering and the state of Britain today in this vibrant novel. Political divergences are central to the rift as George Pantis 79-year-old retired lecturer married for 35 years with a fondness for poetry and a roving eye, after…

The epidemic Deaths of despair

 Two eminent economists, Anne Case and  Nobel Prize winner, Angus Deaton documents how the flaws in capitalism and the epidemic that is sweeping the US, taking the lives of America’s working-class on an unprecedented scale and threatening the future of the world’s biggest economy. This is not coronavirus but is likely to blow over with…