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Book Reflections – Arabian Sands by Wilfred Thesiger

Wilfred Thesiger was a hard man! I first read an encounter with him by Eric Newby in A Short Walk in the Hindu Kush. Thesiger was determined to explore more of the … Continue reading

May 25, 2017 · Leave a comment

Book Reflections – The Lure of the North 

The Lure of the North is a compilation of three essays written by British travellers in mid nineteenth century.  The 19th-century boom in mass tourism, fuelled by the introduction of … Continue reading

April 29, 2017 · Leave a comment

Book Reflections – The Good Soldier Švejk by Jaroslav Hašek

It’s been a few years since I enjoyed the unique pleasure of Central European absurdity. Hašek certainly knew how to write in an absurd and funny way. In The Good … Continue reading

April 21, 2017 · Leave a comment

Book Reflections – Roma and Gypsy-Travellers in Europe by Angus Bancroft

You may be wondering why an Australian is interested in Roma people. Like many others I look with confusion at the Romani beggars in Trondheim who sit outside begging in … Continue reading

March 29, 2017 · Leave a comment

Book Reflections – A History of Norway by Ivar Libæk and Øivind Stenersen

I’m living in Trondheim, Norway on a 2 year expat assignment with my family. We moved here from Australia and I knew very little about Norway before we arrived in … Continue reading

March 18, 2017 · Leave a comment

Book Reflections – Under the Dragon: A Journey Through Burma by Rory Maclean

Like most people I knew of the military junta in Burma, of Aung San Suu Kyi’s house arrest and of the oppression and poverty of the Burmese people. In the … Continue reading

February 24, 2017 · Leave a comment

Book Reflections – The Roma Café by István Pogány

I have begun to read about the situation of the Roma people in Europe. I’ve been living in Europe for 18 months and I’m curious about the Roma people. Are … Continue reading

February 12, 2017 · 3 Comments

Book Reflections – The Second Arab Awakening by Marwan Muasher

Pluralism can best be defined as the fundamental commitment to political diversity at all times. It means that no party has a monopoly on the truth and no party can … Continue reading

January 31, 2017 · 1 Comment

Book Reflections – Northern Najd a Journey from Jerusalem to Anaiza in Quasim by Carlo Guarmani

I read this interesting account of a journey from Palestine to Saudi Arabia as an ebook. I’ve made many trips to Saudi Arabia myself but as you can imagine, my movement is … Continue reading

January 29, 2017 · 2 Comments

Book Reflections – Life After Life by Kate Atkinson 

I really like Kate Atkinson’s writing style. In Life After Life we follow the life and death of Ursula Todd again and again and again as Atkinson explores different possible … Continue reading

January 28, 2017 · Leave a comment