Sunken Swallows

Posted on by Frank Brinkley

One thing that can, and perhaps should, be said about A Natural History of English Gardening 1650–1800 is that it is a spectacularly beautiful piece of book-making. Its spacious pages are printed on gloriously heavy matt-coated stock, its elegant full-cloth binding features head- and foot-bands, and its hundreds of pictures, mainly in colour, are laid […]

Making Tracks

Posted on by Frank Brinkley

Some of us find it remarkably difficult simply to go for a walk. We need an excuse, a project, a literary precedent. We don’t want our wanderings, or our accounts of them, to be simply strolls in the park. And so, in these two books by Iain Sinclair and Simon Armitage, both great walkers, and […]

Cloud Atlases

Posted on by Frank Brinkley

Predicting the future is a hazardous venture. Western Union initially scorned the new-fangled invention of telephones, and the chairman of IBM once envisaged a world market for five computers. Adding to the list of misjudgements, Peter Moore reveals in this thought-provoking book the parliamentary mockery greeting an MP who promised in 1854 that reliable weather forecasts would soon be available. Not for the last time, the House of Commons got it wrong: a century and a half later, Britain’s Meteorological Office has more than 1,700 employees and a budget of over £80 million.

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