Rising sea levels turn London into Venice. Buckingham Palace is surrounded by slums housing climate refugees ….



Current reading stack – looking to see where we have been to understand where we are going.

the reviews come later…

The Life and Death of the Spanish Republic – A witness to the Spanish Civil War – Henry Buckley

  • In 1940, correspondent Henry Buckley published his eyewitness account of the Spanish Civil War. Copies of the book were destroyed during the Blitz and only a handful of copies survived. Now, seventy years later, this exceptional chronicle of the war is republished for this first time and with a new introduction by Paul Preston. Buckley combines personal recollections of meetings with the great politicians of the day with reports of the dramatic events he witnessed. He arrived in Spain prior to the outbreak of the war and was one of the few correspondents who had a real understanding of Spain – its people, politics and culture. As well as being well – acquainted with the major protagonists of the conflict – including Juan Negrin, 'La Pasionaria' Dolores Ibarruri, Valentin Gonzalez and Enrique Lister – Buckley was also a good friend of Ernest Hemingway and the renowned photographer Robert Capa. Providing a fascinating portrait of a crucial decade in Spanish history, and based on an abundance of observational material that only an assiduous journalist could collect, this book is essential reading for anyone interested in the Spanish Civil War.

Writing Revolution – The Voices from Tunis to Damascus

  • From Cairo to Damascus and from Tunisia to Bahrain, Layla Al-Zubaidi and Matthew Cassel have brought together some of the most exciting new writing born out of revolution in the Arab world. This is a remarkable collection of testimony, entirely composed by participants in, and witnesses to, the profound changes shaking their region.

The Great Sea – A Human History of the Mediterranean

  • Connecting Europe, Asia, and Africa, the Mediterranean Sea has been for millennia the place where religions, economies, and political systems met, clashed, influenced and absorbed one another. In this brilliant and expansive book, David Abulafia offers a fresh perspective by focusing on the sea itself: its practical importance for transport and sustenance; its dynamic role in the rise and fall of empires; and the remarkable cast of characters-sailors, merchants, migrants, pirates, pilgrims-who have crossed and re-crossed it.
  • Ranging from prehistory to the 21st century, The Great Sea is above all a history of human interaction. Interweaving major political and naval developments with the ebb and flow of trade, Abulafia explores how commercial competition in the Mediterranean created both rivalries and partnerships, with merchants acting as intermediaries between cultures, trading goods that were as exotic on one side of the sea as they were commonplace on the other. He stresses the remarkable ability of Mediterranean cultures to uphold the civilizing ideal of convivencia, "living together."
  • Anybody else read any of these books – tell us what you think of them.