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The City Of Invention

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

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
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