Les Miserables

Les Miserables

The cottage industry of ‘Les Mis’ has gradually occluded Victor Hugo’s mammoth opus in much the same way as an encrustacean of barnacles cloak a ship’s hull. Over 50 years of dreaming a dream and singing the song of angry men has rendered the tale culturally wan, reduced to the...

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The Age of Surveillance Capitalism

The Age of Surveillance Capitalism

  If you want a scary read, put down that Stephen King horror and pick up this weighty tome by the Professor Emerita at Harvard Business School. Her findings about knowledge, power and data in the digital age are truly shocking. The internet behemoths, Google, Facebook, Apple and Microsoft, quickly...

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Children’s Illustrated and Modern First Editions Book Fair

Children’s Illustrated and Modern First Editions Book Fair

Come on out and relive those childhood stories you grew up with at the Children’s Illustrated and Modern First Editions book fair. There will be some of the U.K’s finest specialist book sellers and some of the most beautifully illustrated books. Come and see the first edition covers up close,...

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Turning the page on 2019 with John Sandoe

Turning the page on 2019 with John Sandoe

Chelsea’s John Sandoe Books Ltd was founded in 1957 and is one of the foremost independent booksellers in London. Stocking over 30,000 works of literature hand selected by the staff, the sheer breadth of selection could be intimidating to the casual browser so we’ve picked out the crème de la...

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“The Amazing Adventures of Kavalier and Clay”

“The Amazing Adventures of Kavalier and Clay”

  Stan Lee, the founder of Marvel Comics and one of the most significant figures in bringing the Technicolor world of super heroes to its current state of cultural domination, died on November 12th. Whilst superheroes might be worth big money now, partially down to some of Lee’s own creations,...

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Christian the Lion: The Illustrated Legacy

Christian the Lion: The Illustrated Legacy

By John Rendall Bradt Travel Guides 192 pp. £14.99 ISBN 978-1-78477-621-3   The fashion crimes that were being committed in the late sixties, particularly in Chelsea, went mostly unpunished, although the hair-styles, complete with mutton-chop ‘buggery-grips’, were even more heinous. Enter the world of the ‘swinging sixties,’ with polo necks,...

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Can scientists create a ‘Robot Frost’?

Can scientists create a ‘Robot Frost’?

Accomplishments in artificial intelligence often suffer from the problem of moving goalposts: As soon as a machine or algorithm can accomplish something that has traditionally been the province of humans, we generally dismiss it. To replicate something with a machine is to show that it has always been mechanical, we...

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Hay Festival: Javier Cercas and Juan Gabriel Vásquez

Hay Festival: Javier Cercas and Juan Gabriel Vásquez

On May 30th, the Instituto Cervantes in partnership with MacLehose Press and the British Library held an event during the Hay Festival in which acclaimed authors Javier Cercas and Juan Gabriel Vásquez spoke to a fully packed venue about their work as well as the history and current state of...

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Book Release: Orange Lilies of Dallington Place by Sophie Cloud

Book Release: Orange Lilies of Dallington Place by Sophie Cloud

The orange lily conjures a powerful image: bright, radiant and resplendent, it serves as a striking antithesis to the shrinking violet. In the late 17th century, the flower occupied a sizeable chunk of popular imagination, borne out of the palace intrigue that accompanied the newly anointed King William III in...

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The Master & Margarita

The Master & Margarita

Mikhail Bulgakov was a writer who had the misfortune to simultaneously be in and (dangerously) out of step with his time and place. Originally a doctor by trade (whose early service with the Red Cross left him in the kind of chronic pain that ends in self-medicating via morphine) Bulgakov...

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