When the Thames Ran into the Rhine

Posted on by Frank Brinkley

Those who have read Julia Blackburn’s agonising memoir of her sort-of-loved but truly awful parents will understand why the adult Julia has needed to get far away from them, in space and in time. The subjects she has chosen for her books have carried her as far as St Helena and the deserts of Australia, […]

Strolling in the Deep

Posted on by Frank Brinkley

Pythagoras is today best remembered for his way with triangles, but in his time (the sixth century BC) he was quite a polymath – not so much a Renaissance man as a naissance man. His followers regarded him as semi-divine, claiming that he ‘healed the sick with incantations, predicted earthquakes, suppressed thunderstorms, journeyed into the […]

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