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The City Of Invention

The book reviews of UK children's author, Brian Keaney

August 2017
text: Inside The Mind Of A Flawed Narrator
A taut psychological thriller, Under The Harrow has been compared to The Girl On The Train and there are certainly similariti...
Under the Harrow - Flynn Berry
text: An Old Man's Vanity
Alfred Duggan wrote in the nineteen fifties and compared to a lot of contemporary fiction set in the ancient world his books...
Winter Quarters - Alfred Duggan
July 2017
text: The Hand Of God In Medieval England
Pollard's biography of Alfred is classic narrative history. There is just enough context to give meaning to the central chara...
Alfred the Great: The Man Who Made England - Justin Pollard
June 2017
text: Domestic Drama In The Byzantine Empire
Set in the fifth century Eastern Roman Empire, Imperial Purple is the story of Demetrias, a weaver in a state factory, and he...
Imperial Purple - Gillian Bradshaw
May 2017
text: A Shock To The System
There were undoubtedly huge internal problems in the Roman empire by the time of the fifth century, not the least of which wa...
The Fall of the Roman Empire: A New History of Rome and the Barbarians - Peter Heather
text: A History Of The Imagination
Harari's history of homo sapiens spans the period from seventy thousand years ago to the present day. He divides our history ...
Sapiens: A Brief History of Humankind - Yuval Noah Harari  Dr
May 2017
text: The First Virtual City
Roger Crowley's account of the history of Venice is as readable as fiction. He is at his most gripping when detailing the eve...
City of Fortune: How Venice Won and Lost a Naval Empire - Roger Crowley
April 2017
text: A Compelling Exploration Of Cultural Resonance
Colm Tóibín's new novel is an exploration of the stories of Clytemnestra, Orestes, and Electra all of whom appears in a numbe...
House of Names: A Novel - Colm Tóibín
March 2017
text: The Glamour Of Power
Everyone knows the names of Julius Caesar, Augustus, Tiberius, Caligula, Claudius and Nero and most people have heard at leas...
Dynasty: The Rise and Fall of the House of Caesar by Tom Holland (2015-09-03) - Tom Holland;
March 2017
text: Ultra-Violence And Male-Bonding
The loss of three legions in the Teutoburg Forest to a German ambush led by the treacherous Arminius was an event that had a ...
Blood Forest - Geraint Jones
March 2017
text: The Indignities Of History
In Hannah's Dress Pascale Hugues, a French journalist living in Berlin, investigates the history of her street which at the b...
March 2017
text: Divided Loyalties On Hadrian's Wall
Well-written, with a character-driven plot and a strong emotional narrative, Island Of Ghosts is the story of Ariantes, the l...
Island of Ghosts - Gillian Bradshaw
February 2017
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February 2017
text: A Great Year For Historical Fiction
To co-incide with the 2017 Longlist for the the Walter Scott Prize for Historical Fiction the Walter Scott Academy is recomm...
February 2017
text: Edwardian Essex In Very Slow Motion
Cora Seagrove, a young, Edwardian widow is fascinated by the emerging science of palaeontology. With her intelligent, feminis...
The Essex Serpent - Sarah Perry