Sánchez-Jáuregui, María Dolores, & Scott Wilcox. The English Prize: The Capture of the Westmorland, an Episode of the Grand Tour. New Haven: Yale UP, 2012. ISBN 978-0300176056. The 1779 capture of a British vessel laden with exquisite works from Rome &… Read More ›
Sea & Space
Conrad, Joseph. Lord Jim. Oxford: Oxford UP, 2002, 2008 (1900). ISBN 978-0199536023. The epitome of colonial & maritime literature. Dishonoured by cowardice at sea, Jim lands in an obscure micro-state, momentarily lifting a tribe from misery until his demons catch… Read More ›
The spinal column of post-war Europe is an alliance of interests between its 2 principal former enemies, France & Germany. Yet this seemingly indestructible bond, older than the European Union (EU) or its precursors, is now under tension. Not so much for what’s out in the open – the relations between the… Read More ›
Beesly, Patrick. Very Special Intelligence: The Story of the Admiralty’s Operational Intelligence Centre 1939-1945. Augmented new edition. London: Chatham, 2006 (1977). ISBN 978-1861762771 . How Britain pioneered all-source fusion: uniting & mapping intelligence from decryption, signals, agents, local resistance, in a single… Read More ›
Markoe, Glenn E. Phoenicians. London: British Museum Press, 2002. ISBN 978-0714127675. Scholarly, concentrated, yet also lively, readable, & up to date survey of the mother of all oceanic civilizations. I give ****/5.
Stevenson, Robert Louis. Kidnapped. London: Penguin Classics, 2007 (1886).ISBN 978-0141441795. Excellent maritime adventure story, which morphs into a superlative recreation of the politics & culture of a bygone Scotland. I rate it ****/5.
To make the idea of a single, unified ocean of sea & space (see earlier posting here) just a little more definite to the imagination, here’s a mixed media list – suggesting inspiration from multiple narrative media channels, in this… Read More ›