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Has The West Lost It? A Provocation

At no point, unlike so many other contemporary commentaries, did I feel a sense of soul-crushing existential dread. Mahbubani has done the extraordinary – he has conveyed a sense of hope for humanity through sound economic reasoning.

September 10, 2018 · Leave a comment

Records of the Grand Historian: Part 2

I am not either a person of the Confucian age (or even of a contemporary Confucian society) in possession of a set of testicles, or currently in a position of knowing if my work will be given a grand enough title to last longer than my own living memory.

June 18, 2018 · Leave a comment

Records of the Grand Historian: Part 1

At this point am I just desperately trying to make sure y’all know I’ve read The Iliad?

June 8, 2018 · Leave a comment

Pianos and Politics in China

‘ Materialism may sometimes be a vulgar way of looking at art, but it is never inappropriate when seeking to understand art’s political and social context.’

August 13, 2017 · Leave a comment

Unbound

For any enthusiast of modern Chinese history, this is an essential text detailing one of the key narratives of early Communist Party History. For everyone else, this book contains an approachable history of the powerful life-stories of some truly remarkable women.

June 6, 2017 · 1 Comment

Talking To My Country

Grant is an approachable, fluent and engaging writer and, as such, this is not only a book every Australian should read, but crucially, and accessible text that most Australians can read.

May 27, 2017 · Leave a comment

Congo: The Epic History of a People

Year of publication: 2010 Found: Under the Christmas tree Pages/read time: 639, three weeks Comments: As a white woman born, bred and living in Australia, the history of African nations, let alone … Continue reading

January 5, 2017 · Leave a comment

The Communist Manifesto

Don’t be intimidated by this text. Just because the authors Frederich Engels and Karl Marx unleashed 150 years of political turmoil with it’s publication doesn’t mean that you should be intimidated. Ok, maybe just a little.

December 26, 2016 · Leave a comment

To Kill a Mockingbird

TW: mentions rape in context of plot discussion Year/place of publication: 1960, USA Found: ‘Free to a good home’ left in a school corridor at the end of Year 10 … Continue reading

November 14, 2016 · 1 Comment

A Room of One’s Own

If you are a feminist of any description – and even if you think you’re not – please try to get a hold of this book.

October 24, 2016 · Leave a comment

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