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Sunday reading

Watchmen, by Alan Moore and Dave Gibbons (a chapter a month)
Austerity Britain, 1945-1951 by David Kynaston
Etymologicon, by Mark Forsyth

Last books finished
Decide Your Destiny: The Spaceship Graveyard, by Colin Brake
Decide Your Destiny: Alien Arena, by Richard Dungworth
The Angel Maker, by Stefan Brijs
Decide Your Destiny: The Time Crocodile, by Colin Brake
Re-#AnimateEurope: International Comics Competition 2017, ed. Hans H. Stein, by Jordana Globerman, Stefan "Schlorian" Haller, Štepánka Jislová, Noëlle Kröger, Magdalena Kaszuba, Davide Pascutti and Paul Rietzl
Decide Your Destiny: The Corinthian Project, by Davey Moore

Next books
The Presentation of Self in Everyday Life, by Erving Goffman
Common People: The History of an English Family, by Alison Light
The Help, by Kathryn Stockett


( 2 comments — Leave a comment )
Peter Birks
Jul. 16th, 2017 06:46 pm (UTC)
I've read Austerity Britain a couple of times -- I think Kynaston is the most worthwhile of the modern British historians. I'm focusing more on the period 1955 to 1964 these days (Eden succeeding Churchill through to the election of Wilson), mainly because of my interest in Suez, the Hungarian uprising, and the Profumo affair.|
Austerity Britain performs some solid service, although I think Kynaston has a bit too much of the "vox pop" diary stuff (which I think he cuts down on with "Family Britain" - a better book in my opinion).
Kynaston is meant to be writing a history through to 1979, but, like Strachan's promised second volume of his "First World War" opus, or Portishead's new album, we seem to be left waiting for 1958 to 1964, 1964 to 1970 and 1970 to 1979.

I saw Etymologicon in the charity shop a couple of weeks ago, but I'd already selected three Cambridge University Press books on Linguistics (I'm particularly interested in linguistic reconstruction theory at the moment), and dismissed the Forsyth book as looking a bit too "popular". It will have gone if I go back looking for it, I am sure. But maybe it will turn up again.
Jul. 17th, 2017 06:56 am (UTC)
Re: Kynaston
I had already read the second big Kynaston volume, and the 1957-62 volume, Modernity Britain, is actually out.

Your mention of Strachan reminds me that I was his wife's election agent in May 1991. He was Senior Tutor of Corpus Christi at that time, and had the odd task of bearing the 6th century St Augustine Gospels at the enthronement of Archbishop Carey. Both Hew and Pamela had daughters called Olivia from their respective first marriages, which occasionally led to confusion and merriment.

I don't think the Forsyth book will really scratch your linguistic itch. The books I enjoyed on that subject most recently were Ostler's Empires of the Word, Deutscher's The Unfolding of Language and Dixon's The Rise and Fall of Languages.
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