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FLATNESS by BW Higman

BW Higman has a sixth sense: he sees flat surfaces. Be they screens, furniture, walls, streets, railways, or even level playing sports fields, he notes that ‘flatness is at the centre of the everyday experience’ even to the point where…
Oil prices haven’t made headlines for a while, but they remain far below the peaks of the past decade. It’s evidence, says Helm, of an energy revolution now fully underway
John O’Groats to Land’s End may not be the most original long distance journey, but running it remains a fairly intense method of completion
Ryszard Kapuściński was a journalist who was dangerously good at his job. Detained 40 times and escaping a death sentence four times, he wrote inflammatory but incandescent dispatches from conflicts across the world
As is to be expected from such a cryptic title, few of us are likely to have ever heard of the tiny Caribbean island of Providence, which was settled by English explorers aboard the Seaflower in 1630, as they desperately…
This is a modest book about a modest man who led anything but a modest life
Since the 18th century, a white feather has been a symbol of cowardice handed to men by patriotic groups in order to shame those who were not soldiers

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