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Trigger Warning: Short Fictions and Disturbances by Neil Gaiman (24) More of Gaiman's excellent short fiction and poetry. Some striking horror, comedy, and of course comedic horror in this collection of short tales from the inimitable tale-spinner.

Lincoln's Spymaster: Thomas Haines Dudley and the Liverpool Network by David Hepburn Milton (25) A counterpoint to Our Man in Chalreston, an account of the Quaker lawyer from New Jersey who served for ten years as US consul in Liverpool, documenting and trying to thwart the Confederate use of the neutral UK as a base for building and equipping its small by very modern fleet of commerce raiders. This book, among other things, provides clear evidence of how heavily some factions in the UK supported the Confederate states, to Britain's eternal shame.

The Surgeon's Mate by Patrick O'Brian (26) More sailing war stories, glimpses of Regency domestic life and finances, and intelligence web-spinning, as Lucky Jack Aubrey and Dr Stephen Maturin travel from Nova Scotia to Britain, to the Baltic, to Paris, and all the stormy seas in between.

In process:
ISIS: The State of Terror
by Jessica Stern and J.M. Berger
The Ionian Mission by Patrick O'Brian
With Zeal and Bayonets Only by Matthew Spring
Queen Victoria's Book of Spells Edited by Ellen Datlow and Terri Windling
Empire of the Mind: A History of Iran by Michael Axworthy
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BBC obituary

I never met him, but I've heard him speak a lot, and I've seen him move across the world stage, shaping the modern day and the future as he did so. He wasn't everyone's favourite person, but he was remarkably accomplished, a powerful man (physically and emotionally) with a first-class mind. I think our nation will be the poorer fr his loss.

a more detailed bio on Wikipedia


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