Review of ‘How Woke Won: The Elitist Movement That Threatens Democracy, Tolerance and Reason’ by Joanna Williams (2022)

This isn’t going to be a popular post. It will be a highly contentious one. In fact, I’m expecting to lose a good few followers by publishing it. But people should speak  out about the threat to free speech  and democracy created identity politics and woke cancel culture. I was dismayed to find that I … Continue reading Review of ‘How Woke Won: The Elitist Movement That Threatens Democracy, Tolerance and Reason’ by Joanna Williams (2022)

Review of ‘Comin’ Thro’ the Rye’ by Helen Mathers (1875): Victorian Melodrama with an Horrific Victorian Patriarch

I can't find the edition I read, which is certainly at least 120... I’ve written before about how my parents renovated rambling country houses, and the problem of those many empty bookshelves my mother filled up with bargain job lots from auctions, which often consisted of late Victorian and early Edwardian popular fiction. That was … Continue reading Review of ‘Comin’ Thro’ the Rye’ by Helen Mathers (1875): Victorian Melodrama with an Horrific Victorian Patriarch

Review of ‘Swimming in the Rainbow’ by Rebecca Lochlann

I thought that the fireworks and thunderclaps of the climatic end to the former theme of this series would make it a hard act to follow. I was happy to find myself proved wrong. The reader doesn’t need to worry. Though the action in this concluding instalment starts on a minor key, the dramatic tension … Continue reading Review of ‘Swimming in the Rainbow’ by Rebecca Lochlann