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Been mostly listening to books lately. Finished the Uthred series by Cornwell. Now Follett’s prequel to Pillars of the Earth.
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Time for a little holiday reading. These are all retirement presents, and all related to my travel writing ambitions. I was gifted the first two directly, the first by two Romanian families whose children I have taught, and the other by a dear friend and colleague who is as much of an Hispanophile as I am.

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The other two I bought this morning, using a book token which was another generous gift. The one on the right will be very helpful in researching my current project on Cyprus, taking in the 16th Century Venetian occupation and the Ottoman invasion of 1570. The one on the left will, I suspect, provide quite a lot of interesting material for a project I’m considering on the Grand Tour.

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Amor Vincit Omnia wrote: Tue Jul 13, 2021 3:48 pm Time for a little holiday reading. These are all retirement presents, and all related to my travel writing ambitions. I was gifted the first two directly, the first by two Romanian families whose children I have taught, and the other by a dear friend and colleague who is as much of an Hispanophile as I am.


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The other two I bought this morning, using a book token which was another generous gift. The one on the right will be very helpful in researching my current project on Cyprus, taking in the 16th Century Venetian occupation and the Ottoman invasion of 1570. The one on the left will, I suspect, provide quite a lot of interesting material for a project I’m considering on the Grand Tour.


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Empires of the Sea is fantastic! I read that a few years ago as part of a book club with coworkers. It highlighted a period of history I was utterly ignorant of. It’s been a goal to find ways to work aspects of it into class ever since.
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jkbarnes wrote: Tue Jul 13, 2021 3:59 pm Empires of the Sea is fantastic! I read that a few years ago as part of a book club with coworkers. It highlighted a period of history I was utterly ignorant of. It’s been a challenge to find ways to work aspects of it into class ever since.
I’ll take that as a recommendation, Andrew. It looks as though my book on Cyprus is going to have three chapters fundamentally devoted to history. The first will encompass ancient history and go up to the end of the Byzantine period and the establishment of the Frankish Kingdom of Cyprus at the end of the 12th century. The second will cover the Frankish, Venetian and Ottoman periods up to the 1870s. The third one will deal with British rule, eventual independence in 1960 and the Turkish invasion of 1974. That will be the hardest one to write because people don’t really seem to want to talk about it.
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My intended summer reading. I started The Thames many years ago, but somehow got distracted from it. Time to revisit. The other covers a period in European history I’m most fascinated by. I hope it’s not too academic for a summer read.

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I haven't read a book in ages, despite best intentions. However, I was bought this for Father's day and I'm loving it. Whilst the context is the behind the scenes setting up of a particular new football club, there's a lot in for how non/ lower league clubs are run (and it couldn't be further from the glitz and glamour of high rolling, Premier League global businesses). This is about a community club created in days by fans fuelled by the injustice of franchising their team to a retail park in Milton Keynes. Recommended to fans of lower/ non league football
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I just finished Artemis by Andy Weir and just started Day of the Triffids. I read it as a kid and just fancied reading it again:-)
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Just add after Triffids I bought the full series of Fa.ous 5 by Enid Blyton so I will be reading those next.

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UPDATE:

I now remember why I got distracted from The Thames - it just didn’t hold my interest. I’m switching gears. The new plan is to read these two. The first book is written by a friend who just retired from a career as a history professor. This is the culmination of his career interests - the Burgundy region of France, the Reformation, and wine. He hates the title and thinks it misrepresents the book, but that’s what the Cambridge University Press insisted upon. The second book ought to be a bit on the lighter side.

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New publication and a must read for my work, throughly informative.


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Amor Vincit Omnia wrote: Tue Jul 13, 2021 3:48 pm and the other by a dear friend and colleague who is as much of an Hispanophile as I am.
I did a slow train journey across Spain eons ago, in my interrail days - from Irun in the North to Malaga, if I recall correctly. Shared the trains with a few backpackers, but mainly young army personnel who largely slept, apart from when the train stopped, often in the middle of nowhere, to allow trains heading in the opposite direction to pass on the single line rail track. Survived on fresh baguettes and Spanish ham - wonderful. Did the trip in reverse as well, but with a good few days spent in Madrid.
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Amor Vincit Omnia wrote: Tue Jul 13, 2021 4:04 pm
jkbarnes wrote: Tue Jul 13, 2021 3:59 pm Empires of the Sea is fantastic! I read that a few years ago as part of a book club with coworkers. It highlighted a period of history I was utterly ignorant of. It’s been a challenge to find ways to work aspects of it into class ever since.
I’ll take that as a recommendation, Andrew. It looks as though my book on Cyprus is going to have three chapters fundamentally devoted to history. The first will encompass ancient history and go up to the end of the Byzantine period and the establishment of the Frankish Kingdom of Cyprus at the end of the 12th century. The second will cover the Frankish, Venetian and Ottoman periods up to the 1870s. The third one will deal with British rule, eventual independence in 1960 and the Turkish invasion of 1974. That will be the hardest one to write because people don’t really seem to want to talk about it.
How are you enjoying Empires of the Sea?
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I switched directions. I picked up a book that I thought would make for slightly lighter reading at the beach. I bought this ages ago but never got around to it - A History of the World in 6 Glasses by Tom Standage.

It’s fantastic! He’s essentially connecting various stages in world history to drinks that played a significant role in that period: beer, wine, spirits, coffee, tea, and Coca-Cola. It’s got enough legitimate history to not be fluff but not so much as to be academic. Highly recommend!

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jkbarnes wrote: Tue Aug 03, 2021 9:15 pm How are you enjoying Empires of the Sea?
I haven’t really got into it yet. I keep being distracted by lighter reading.
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