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The City Of Invention

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

January 2018
text: The Origins Of The Medieval World
Peter Brown's survey of culture and society from the time of Diocletian to the rise of the Abbasid dynasty of Persia manages ...
The World of Late Antiquity - Peter R.L. Brown
January 2018
text: Popular Science At Its Best
Adam Rutherford's survey of our current understanding of genomics ought to be required reading for policy-makers, educational...
A Brief History of Everyone Who Ever Lived - Adam Rutherford
December 2017
text: A Dying Star
Gore Vidal's novel about the philosophy-student-turned-emperor whose determination to reverse the Christianization of the Rom...
Julian - Gore Vidal
text: Clever And Creepy
The Girl Before is a woman-in-jeopardy novel with a clever, if unlikely, premise. The woman in question is a tenant in an awa...
The Girl Before: A Novel - J.P. Delaney
November 2017
text: Portrait Of A Warlord
Adrian Goldsworthy’s biography of the first Roman emperor has been hailed as a triumph by many but to me it feels like a rath...
Augustus: From Revolutionary to Emperor - Adrian Goldsworthy
November 2017
text: Turning The Tables On The Patriarchy
Witty, provocative and disturbing, Naomi Alderman’s dystopian vision of a future in which a mutation in the human DNA means t...
The Power - Naomi Alderman
October 2017
text: Discussing Fishing With Herr Hitler
Robert Harris has been described as a thriller writer but I don't think that really does him justice. What he does is find th...
Munich: A novel - Robert Harris
September 2017
text: Like Literary Biscuits
My partner stole my copy of this to read on the plane to Italy. Then she kept laughing so much I was obliged to read it over ...
The Art of Failing: Notes from the Underdog - Anthony McGowan
text: Arrogance And Splendour In First Century Rome
Set in Augustan Rome, Render Unto Caesar is the story of Hermogenes, a merchant from Alexandra, who travels to the capital to...
Render Unto Caesar - Gillian Bradshaw
text: A Novel To Be Savoured
Longbourn is the house in which Jane Austen set Pride and Prejudice. Jo Baker's novel is the story of the servants who washed...
Longbourn - Jo Baker
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