Month: January 2016

Book Review – Brief Candle in the Dark

by Richard Dawkins (Bantam Press) ISBN 9780593072561 This autobiography focuses on Dawkins’ 35 years as an academic. The subtitle is “My life in science”, which brushes on Dawkin’s childhood in Zimbabwe and moves swiftly along to Oxford and Berkley Universities. While there are some interesting anecdotes about famous and learned people he has met along his professional journey, such as Francis …

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Book Review – The Road to Rangoon

by Lucy Cruickshanks (Heron) ISBN 978-1-84866-531-6 Lucy Cruickshanks writes about the truly exotic Rubyland, Myanmar and the Burmese civil war in the 1980s. An 11-year-old girl named Thuza Win watches her ruby-smuggling parents being tortured and taken captive. As Thuza Win tries to save her parents from the Shan State Army, a soldier takes her grandmother’s dagger and slashes her …

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