Category Archives: Books

Wonderful Wodehouse

One of the few advantages of being stuck in Lagos traffic for over an hour each working day is I get to read an awful lot, and thanks to my newly procured Kindle, I have a never-ending supply of books, … Continue reading

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The Millenium Trilogy: A Review

Back in spring 2010 I read Stieg Larsson’s The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo, having heard that it was pretty good.   I had intended to review it, not least because I promised this chap that I would give him my … Continue reading

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Why Travel Writers Should Avoid Making Political Remarks

Extracted from Ghost Train to the Eastern Star by Paul Theroux, an American writer. Page 368: All this order, prosperity and efficiency the Vietnamese had found for themselves after decades of war, in spite of us; we could take no … Continue reading

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Sakhalin’s Literary History

It is well known that the remarkable author and playwright Anton Chekhov undertook an arduous journey from St. Petersburg to Sakhalin Island in order to study the conditions in the Tsarist penal colony. What is less well known is that many … Continue reading

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Andrew Meier’s Visit to Sakhalin

A couple of years ago I bought a book called Black Earth: A Journey Through Russia After The Fall by Andrew Meier, and American journalist who spent 1996 to 2001 as Time magazine’s Moscow correspondent.  For one reason or another I … Continue reading

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Obsessed? Me?

Books I have read over the past year: Berlin: The Downfall, 1945, by Antony Beevor Crime and Punishment, by Fyodor Dostoevsky Among the Russians, by Colin Thubron The Great Game: The Struggle for Empire in Central Asia, by Peter Hopkirk … Continue reading

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Night of Stone and Russian Trains

If you scroll down a bit, you will see from that clever software plugin that I am currently reading Night of Stone: Death and Memory in Twentieth-Century Russia by Catherine Merridale.  I’m only one page in, but already a passage has … Continue reading

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