Book Reviews

Confessions of a Barrister

Confessions of a Barrister

The gavel, a device never used in the English courts, features on the cover of Confessions of a Barrister – and is a harbinger of things to come. The book is an anonymised account of the trials and travails of criminal barrister, “Russell Winnock”, who called in 1999. But, the title notwithstanding, his “confessions” are few and far […]

The Last Communard

The Last Communard

It may surprise some readers that the last Communard of this title is not Jimmy Somerville, the shrill voice of the 1980s, but Adrien Lejeune who as a young free-thinker reluctantly took the side of the Commune revolutionaries when the people of Paris rose up against the reactionary French government that had capitulated to the […]

Weekend Books – What Paintings Say, 100 Masterpieces in Detail

Weekend Books – What Paintings Say, 100 Masterpieces in Detail

  What Paintings Say is a wonderful study of 100 masterpieces, lavishly illustrated and packed with history presented in an accessible and readable way. Some of the paintings are well known others less so. Holbein’s Ambassadors, Michelangelo’s The Creation of Adam, Turner’sThe Fighting Temeraire, Delacroix’s Liberty Leading the People and Bruegel’s Hunters in the Snow are among those to be explained in engaging detail. […]

Weekend Books – Broken Vows – Tony Blair – The Tragedy of Power

Weekend Books – Broken Vows – Tony Blair – The Tragedy of Power

Tom Bower is a barrister turned investigative journalist, a species that is all but extinct in modern Britain. He has produced a string of debunking biographies of the rich and famous and has successfully defended libel actions from the likes of Richard Branson, Robert Maxwell and Richard Desmond. Media tycoon Conrad Black had to freeze […]

Weekend Books

Weekend Books

GIllian Mawdsley is impressed by Cal Flynn’s first novel – inspired by the discovery that one of her ancestors was Angus McMillan, the leader of the notorious Highland Brigade that massacred aborigines in 19th century Australia while Connor Beaton delves into the darker side of the Internet to explore hate crime in cyberspace. This is a first novel by Cal […]