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24 Aug 2016 - 05:08
Submitted by: Blake
Irish Americans saw the conflict of the Anglo-Boer War through their own eyes and very differently to those who might have seen support for the British in purely economic terms. Gold and diamonds were part of international trade and the Boers were considered too backward to be stewards of the world’s resources. The arguments and passions raged – pro-British, pro-Boer. Irish, Dutch and German Americans raised support and money for the Boers while a group of American women married to Englishmen raised forty thousand pounds to charter, equip and staff a hospital ship, the SS Maine.

22 Aug 2016 - 12:08
Submitted by: Blake
Our book of the week is The Last Horseman by David Gilman, an epic historical adventure set during the Boer War from the bestselling author of MASTER OF WAR.
 
Dublin, 1899. On a foul night in a troubled city,  lawyer Joseph Radcliffe watches the execution of a young Irish rebel. Radcliffe, together with his black American comrade Benjamin Pierce, has made a living defending the toughest cases in Dublin, but is haunted by the spectre of his defeats, the loss of his wife and child and his difficult relationship with his surviving son, Edward.
 
16 Aug 2016 - 03:08
Submitted by: Blake
The Boer War conflict of 1899-1902 embodied human drama, tragedy and heroism, but it also showed military and political folly on a grand scale. Like all great conflicts that can split communities and families there were Irishmen not only from the same county, city or town fighting each other in the Anglo-Boer War, but from the same neighbourhood. Echoes of the American Civil War.

15 Aug 2016 - 04:08
Submitted by: Blake
It has always been vital to me to make my fiction feel to the reader as if it is really happening,  even more involving than watching a TV series or a movie,  and that they are there,  inside the book,  as the story unfolds.

14 Aug 2016 - 11:08
Submitted by: Blake

Can you find Rosa?

Head of Zeus are giving away a luxury hamper of local Cambridgeshire produce. To enter simply fill in the form below and tell us what you think happened to Rosa. If your theory is correct then we’ll enter you into our prize draw. 

11 Aug 2016 - 03:08
Submitted by: Blake
Win a Family ticket to the Tower of London!
08 Aug 2016 - 12:08
Submitted by: Blake
I worked as a TV producer for 15 years, at TV-am and at WestCountry Television and believe me I had bags of ‘vertical ambition’ and would have loved to have reached the top job at those TV stations. 
 
08 Aug 2016 - 11:08
Submitted by: Blake

Our book of the week is House of Snow, an anthology of the greatest writing about Nepal, with a foreward by Sir Ranulph Fiennes and an introduction by Ed Douglas.

A ground-breaking collection of stories, poems and articles about Nepal covering the length and breadth of this enchanting nation and its people. 

06 Aug 2016 - 01:08
Submitted by: Blake

The ancient Olympic Games continued almost without interruption from the date assigned to their official inception, 776 BC, until an official shutdown was ordered towards the end of the fourth century AD. Coming under Roman control in the second century BC, the sanctuary was considerably ‘upgraded’ in terms of its facilities: many of the ruins now visible belong to the Roman era, and some may be credited to particular benefactors, such as the emperor Nero. Prior to these improvements, however, Olympia was indeed a testing destination. For centuries athletes and spectators simply camped at the site and endured its inhospitable surrounds. True, it was well watered by two rivers; but Olympia is also a place that gets oppressively hot and humid in high summer (when the quadrennial festival was held), and the area became malarial as the rivers silted up. A microclimate favouring spectacular thunderstorms encouraged the cult of Zeus at the site, from the Bronze Age onwards. Originally there may have been some kind of festival involving horses and other domesticated animals, but the sporting contests that became part of this cult were not intended to be ‘fun’. In Greek these contests were agones, and it is no accident that we derive our ‘agony’ from this word. Herakles was by one tradition credited with pacing out the stadium at Olympia and with instituting contests of strength and combat: it is worth remembering that Herakles was obliged to perform twelve ‘Labours’ as penitence to a king, and that these trials of body and spirit were called athla. In this sense every ‘athlete’ was, like Herakles, trying to redeem his mortal state by going through the ‘agonies’ of hard training and harsh competition.

04 Aug 2016 - 05:08
Submitted by: Blake

The Hunt for Vulcan by Thomas Levenson has been nominated for the Royal Society Science Book Prize shortlist, alongside The Most Perfect Thing by Tim Birkhead (Bloomsbury), Cure by Jo Marchant (Canongate), The Planet Remade by Oliver Morton (Granta), The Gene by Siddhartha Mukherjee (Bodley Head) and The Invention of Nature by Andrea Wulf (John Murray). Bill Bryson who chairs the judging described the shortlist as science writing 'at its best'.

01 Aug 2016 - 12:08
Submitted by: Blake

Max Adams, author of In the Land of Giants, The Wisdom of Trees and The King of the North meets with the Royal Literary Fund to discuss his writers talisman, his camera. Watch the video here.

25 Jul 2016 - 10:07
Submitted by: Blake

Our book of the week is Stonehenge by Francis Pryor. A concise, beautifully illustrated account of the history and archaeology of an iconic feature of the English landscape, from one of Britain’s most distinguished archaeologists.

18 Jul 2016 - 10:07
Submitted by: Blake

Our book of the week is Guilty Minds by Joseph Finder,  a new thriller from the New York Times bestseller.

Private spy Nick Heller is the best lie detector you'll ever meet. Trained in the special forces; tough, smart and stubborn, he'll do what needs to be done to uncover the truth.