Monthly Archives: Sep 2018

A Hobbit, a Wardrobe and a Great War (research review)

View this post on Instagram I do like audio books! I remember information according to where I was when I heard it – certain roundabouts or stretches of motorway – so things do tend to stick. The ideal medium, in … Continue reading

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Margaret MacMillan Reith Lectures (research review)

View this post on Instagram This year’s #ReithLectures by my favourite #historian Margaret MacMillan are well worth a listen (search online or in your podcast app). The title of the 2018 series of lectures is The Mark of Cain. Erudite, … Continue reading

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The joy of primary research

View this post on Instagram Fascinating and strangely emotional day @nationalarchivesuk looking at #WW1 #GreatWar medical records. It’s one thing to read in a text book about the German Spring Offensives of #1918; it’s quite another to see the evidence … Continue reading

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#100 Days of Writing

View this post on Instagram Today I start the #100daysofwriting challenge – with a particular remit. I write full time (I’m so lucky!) and my days are usually a nice balance between writing and all the other stuff of a … Continue reading

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The Hidden Machinery (research review)

View this post on Instagram The Hidden Machinery: Essays on Writing by Margot Livesey (2017) makes me feel like a writer. Why? Because when I read it I am filled with a sense of recognition: I recognise the peculiar writery … Continue reading

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The honest editor and cognitive bias

In a previous life, I facilitated training sessions on managing obstetric emergencies; clinical skills, teamwork, leadership, decision-making and so on. One of the features of effective decision-making is the awareness of cognitive biases and so we discussed the problems that … Continue reading

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The Incurable Romantic (research review)

View this post on Instagram The Incurable Romantic by Frank Tallis (2018) is compulsive background reading for a writer of #historicalromance. Falling in love is “a combustable state that reproduces the symptoms of psychiatric illness” and, when love goes wrong, … Continue reading

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Lawrence of Arabia (research review)

View this post on Instagram Hero: The Life and Legend of Lawrence of Arabia by Micheal Korda (2011). I listened to this thoughtful, even-handed biography on @audible_books whilst driving; odd hours here and there over a couple of months – … Continue reading

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Aftermath of war

View this post on Instagram This is Road at St Paul (1922) by French artist Félix Vallotton. It features in @tate excellent exhibition #WW1Aftermath. A while ago I wrote (on my blog) about the inspiration I get from my various … Continue reading

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