What if you took a “Miss Manners” agony aunt column but set it in an alternate Britain at the end of the Victorian era in which strange supernatural happenings are unfolding with increasing regularity. If a minotaur demanded admission to the Savoy, what is the correct etiquette? A Minotaur At the Savoy is a delightful book by my friend Dave Morris.
I’ve just been alerted to the existence of Chris Blattman’s Why We Fight. Self-recommending; order early, order often.
This Wednesday I’m chairing a conversation between Professor Andrew Pollard, one of the creators of the Oxford-Astrazeneca vaccine, and portrait artist Fran Monks, featuring Dr Helen Salisbury and the director of the History of Science museum Dr Silke Ackerman. It should be a great conversation about the science, art and human side of vaccine trials. (Online event.)
I’ve also been reading Nick Chater’s new and yet-to-be-published The Language Game, which is excellent. If you can’t wait, buy The Mind Is Flat, which will turn your world upside-down in the very best way.
Speaking of good bookshops on Broad Street, we are spoiled in Oxford – Waterstone’s is also excellent and I am particularly well-disposed towards them because they’ve named How To Make The World Add Up one of their books of the year. Thanks!
“One of the most wonderful collections of stories that I have read in a long time… fascinating.”- Steve Levitt (Freakonomics)
“If you aren’t in love with stats before reading this book, you will be by the time you’re done.”- Caroline Criado Perez (Invisible Women)
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