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A while back the Rust featured an appreciation of refreshingly candid and slightly maverick veteran UK neurosurgeon Henry Marsh who had been interviewed on an edition of Radio Five Live’s afternoon show about a second autobiographical book that he had written. He’s evidently got [...]

November 27, 2017 // 0 Comments

The Seville Communion /Artur Perez Reverte

My local bookshop Daunts, which was originally a travel bookshop, recommended this book for the National Rust trip to Andalusia. Arturo Perez-Reverte Reverte is  regarded amongst the best of the modern Spanish authors and I enjoyed his The Fencing Master.  This as the title suggests is set in [...]

November 17, 2017 // 0 Comments

French Riviera And Its Artists/ John Baxter

This is the fourth book I have read on the artistic life on the Riviera. I am therefore tempted to ask John Pargiter to quote me odds on how long it takes any author to cite Somerset Maugham’s description of it as “a sunny place for shady people”. According to John Baxter, a [...]

November 9, 2017 // 0 Comments

Two of a kind

Towards the end of last week, based solely upon its reviews in the Arts sections of the newspapers, I bought a copy of Walter Isaacson’s new book Leonardo Da Vinci – The Biography (525 pages not counting Cited Sources, Notes to Chapters, Illustration Credits, Index and About The Author, [...]

November 7, 2017 // 0 Comments

Goal/Michael Donald

What did Dick Nanninga and Jorge Brown achieve which Lionel Messi, Cristiano Ronaldo, Johan Cruyff and Diego Maradona did not? Answer: score in a World Cup Final. In this  book, photographer and writer Michael Donald interviews and photographs those alive of the 54 scorers who have done so. It [...]

October 26, 2017 // 0 Comments

Indexes

On the Rust we occasionally like to feature lists we’ve come across that might interest our readers. Here’s one I spotted today on the website of – THE INDEPENDENT More soon, I expect [...]

October 23, 2017 // 0 Comments

Well, what do you know?

I have a confession to make. I am not a great reader of books and never have been. Being a robust, physical little kid, I always found the prospect of concentrating upon anything as sedentary as studying or indeed ‘reading for pleasure’ as a waste of valuable mischief or sport time. I suppose [...]

October 20, 2017 // 0 Comments

Cloudstreet/Tim Winton

Tim Winton is an Australian writer rapidly acquiring a fine reputation. His novels are set in Perth, Western Australia and Cloudstreet is the first I have read. It was recommended to me by a university friend who spoke very highly of him. It covers the period from World War Two to the 60s when [...]

October 11, 2017 // 0 Comments

The Mixer/Michael Cox

This book is fully titled The Mixer: The Story of Premier League tactics from Route One to False Nines which in one sense sums it up but in another does not give justice to the engagingly anecdotal style with which the writer approaches the topic as this far from being a dry flipboard account of [...]

September 22, 2017 // 0 Comments

Eureka/Anthony Quinn

A series of novels depicting recurring characters is often a successful literary device and in the case of Antfony Powell’s Dance to the Music of Time a classic. Another Anthony, Anthony Quinn, a former film critic on The Independent, has now written a third in his series, the first [...]

September 5, 2017 // 0 Comments

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