“Mudlarking” by Lara Maiklem

Thanks to Bloomsbury Publishing and NetGalley for the Advance Review Copy in exchange for an honest review.

So as anyone can see I’m completely behind with my blogging. There are various reasons for it that I won’t bore you with but suffice to say, I would have much preferred to be reading than doing the other things I was doing.

The situation isn’t likely to change anytime soon so I think I will have to become a little more selective in what I request. But on to the book…

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“A Tapestry Of Treason” by Anne O’Brien

Thanks to HQ and NetGalley for the Advance Review Copy in exchange for an honest review.

This book is set during a really rather fascinating period of British History, the period which formed the bedrock of the later War of the Roses. The year is 1399 and Constance of York, Lady Despenser, King Richard’s cousin decides to stir the decidedly risky pot of courtly intrigue.

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“Commodus” by Simon Turney

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Thanks to Orion and NetGalley for the Advance Review Copy in exchange for an honest review. 

It’s not very often that a Classics themed book appears on NetGalley but when they do, I hit that Request button with the power of a thousand fiery suns. I wasn’t familiar with Turney as a writer before reading this novel, but I’ve added Caligula to my Audible wish list on the strength of this novel. 

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“Superior” by Angela Saini

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Thanks to HarperCollins UK and NetGalley for the Advance Review Copy in exchange for an honest review. 

Superior is an especially topical book considering the current political climate in the West. Through the election of Trump, the emergence of the alt-right, increasing nationalism and Brexit we are seeing a resurgence in discourse around race science. In this book Saini explores the past and current context of race science and dismantles some of the myths and assumptions that surround the issue of biological race and the problem of setting the benchmark of measuring humanity against white westerners.  

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“Epic Continent” by Nicholas Jubber

Thanks to John Murray Press and NetGalley for the Advance Review Copy in exchange for an honest review.

This is a pretty cool idea for a book. The author goes on a personal odyssey, visiting the locations from some of the great European ‘epics’ – myths, legends, literature and folklore, whilst exploring his own life and the impact these tales still have on cultures and people today. What an awesome premise for a book.

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“The New Silk Roads” by Peter Frankopan

Thanks to Bloomsbury and NetGalley for the Advance Review Copy in exchange for an honest review.

This review is terribly late. In my defence, I was approved for it a good while after publication date. I also own both editions of The Silk Roads (the children’s version is absolutely fabulous) and bought the audiobook too so I hope I’ve made it up to Professor Frankopan.

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