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Books that Changed Me

by NeutralObserver Fri Mar 24th, 2006 at 04:43:27 PM EST

The smooth British broadcaster and intellectual pundit, Melvyn Bragg is publishing a new book in April, Twelve Books that Changed the World.

As the blurb at Amazon  says:

In his fascinating new book accompanying the "ITV" series, Melvyn Bragg presents a vivid reminder of the book as agent of social, political and personal revolution. "Twelve Books that Changed the World" presents a rich variety of human endeavour and a great diversity of characters. Here are famous books by Darwin, Newton and Shakespeare - but we also discover the stories behind some less well-known works, such as Marie Stopes' "Married Love", the original radical feminist Mary Wollstonecraft's "A Vindication of the Rights of Woman" - and even the rules to an obscure ball game that became the most popular sport in the world..

It is deliberately aimed at not just books in English, but British books.

Yes this is another diary about books.

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Expression 1971-74

by NeutralObserver Sat Feb 25th, 2006 at 06:23:31 PM EST

I was reading susanhu's diary Expression: 1966-67 over at Booman and that got me to thinking.

I am roughly of the same generation, perhaps 5 years younger as my university days were 1971-74. I was at the University of Essex, known to readers of The Daily Telegraph in England as Red Essex.

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