Soviet Space Dogs

(Photo credit: http://fuel-design.com/publishing/soviet-space-dogs) (Image shows two dogs sitting on top of a planet alongside the title of the book: Soviet space dogs) On 3 November 1957, Laika was the first living being in outer space, giving her instant global fame. Her death a few hours after launching was used to transform her into a symbol […]

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The pleasure of reading

Antonia Fraser describes herself as an ‘addict’ of the written word. In this revealing book, she brings together more than forty leading writers (writing in the English language) of all ages and from backgrounds a diverse as possible, to explain what inspired their interest in books and what keeps them reading. First published in 1992, […]

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Behind the shock machine

In 1961, Stanley Milgram, a young psychologist and an assistant professor at Yale, recruited ordinary people through an advert in the local newspaper offering them $4.50 each to take part in an experiment on memory and learning. None of the volunteers could have imagined that, once in the lab, they would be asked to sit […]

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Tutankhamen’s curse

(Photo credit: Profile Books) (Image shows the cover of the book which displays an Egyptian mummy face in gold, with the title of the book ‘Tutankhamen’s curse: the developing history of an Egyptian king” and the name of the author: Joyce Tyldesley) On 4 November 1922, after years of archaeological detective work, labourers employed by […]

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Everest

At 11.30am on 29th May 1953, two men stood on top of the highest point on earth, the summit of Mount Everest, on the frontier between Nepal and Tibet, at 29,029 feet (8,848 metres). It was the first time that human beings had climbed so high, and they carried with them the hopes of an […]

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House of Cash

(Photo credit: Insight Editions) (Image shows the cover of the book which displays a drawing of a guitar with the title ‘House of Cash: the legacies of my father, Johnny Cash’ and the name of the author: John Carter Cash) House of Cash is an unprecedented look at the life and inspirations of the Man […]

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