Book Commentaries Index



February 14, 2010


Bloodfeud: Murder and Revenge in Anglo-Saxon England by Richard Fletcher. Penguin Press, London, 2002. Hardcover.

Vegetarian Cooking for Everyone by Deborah Madison. Broadway Books, New York, 1998. Trade paperback.

Home Bistro by David Kingsmill. Key Porter, 1996, Toronto. Trade paperback.


January 29, 2010


The Tain, translated by Thomas Kinsella. Oxford University Press, 1979. Trade paperback.

The Man Who Burned the White House: Admiral Sir George Cockburn 1772-1853, by James Pack. Kenneth Mason, Emsworth, Hampshire, 1987. Hardcover.

Escapement, by Jay Lake. TOR, New York, 2009. Mass market paperback.


January 25, 2010


Concrete Island by J.G. Ballard. Picador USA, New York, 2001. Trade paperback.

Cosmopolis by Stephen Toulmin. University of Chicago Press, Chicago, 1996. Trade paperback.

Persepolis 2 by Marjane Satrapi. Pantheon, New York, 2004. Hardcover.


January 18, 2010


The Children of Hurin by J.R.R. Tolkien. HarperCollins, London, 2007. Hardcover.

Chechnya: Life in a War-Torn Society by Valery Tishkov. University of California Press, Berkeley/Los Angeles/London, 2004. Trade paperback.

The Owl and the Pussy-Cat by Edward Lear and Jan Brett. Putnam, New York, 1991. Board book.


October 8, 2005


The Bad Bohemian by Sir Cecil Parrott. Abacus, London, 1983.

Anathemata by David Jones. Faber and Faber, London, 1979.

Teach Yourself Bee-Keeping by A.N. Schofield. English Universities Press, London, 1951.

The Yorkist Age by Paul Murray Kendall. George Allen & Unwin, London, 1962.

Deadhouse Gates by Steven Erikson. Bantam Press, 2000.


June 27, 2005


The Vicar of Wakefield by Oliver Goldsmith. P. Didot, Paris, 1799.

The Man of the Renaissance by Ralph Roeder. The Viking Press, New York, 1935.

Richard of Bordeaux by Gordon Daviot. John C. Winston, Toronto, 1938.

Master and Commander by Patrick O'Brian. HarperCollins, 2002.

Rogue Primate by John A. Livingston. Key Porter Books, Toronto, 1994.


January 24, 2003


Prehistoric Avesbury by Aubrey Burl. Yale University Press, New Haven and London, 1979.

The Practice of Empire by H.G. Koenigsberger. Cornell University Press, Ithaca and London, 1969.

Daidalos and the Origins of Greek Art by Sarah P. Morris. Princeton University Press, Princeton, 1992.

The Gallery of Memory: Literacy and Iconographic Models in the Age of the Printing Press by Lina Bolzoni. University of Toronto Press, Toronto, 2001.

The Lost Road and other writings by J.R.R. Tolkien. Unwin and Hyman, London and Sydney, 1987. First U.K. edition.

The Hobbit by J.R.R. Tolkien. Harper Collins, London, 2001.


September 4, 2002


The Queen's Conjuror; the Science and Magic of Dr. John Dee, Advisor to Queen Elizabeth I by Benjamin Woolley. Henry Holt, New York, 2001.

A History of Eastern Christianity by A.S. Atiya. Methuen, London, 1968.

Rakossy, by Cecelia Holland. Atheneum, New York, 1967. Second Printing.

Beowulf; text by Kevin Crossley-Holland , illustrations by Charles Keeping. Oxford University Press, 1982 (1992 reprint).

The Telling Line; Essays on fifteen contemporary book illustrators. Julia McRae Books, London, 1989.

Mythopoeikon: Fantasies, Monsters, Nightmares, Daydreams; by Patrick Woodroffe. Fireside Books, New York, 1976.


July 18, 2002


The Children of Aataeentsic: A History of the Huron People to 1660 by Bruce Trigger. McGill-Queen's University Press. London and Montreal, 1976. Two volumes.

The Pity of War: Explaining World War I by Niall Ferguson. Basic Books, New York, 1999.

various Classic Club editions, Walter J. Black, Roslyn, New York, 1970.

Medieval Drawings, edited by M.W. Evans. Paul Hamlyn, London and New York, 1969.


May 23, 2002


Tibet, Journey to the Forbidden City, Retracing the Steps of Alexandra David-Neel by Tiziana and Gianni Baldizzone. Stewart, Tabori and Chang, New York, 1996.

City of Quartz by Mike Davis. Vintage, New York, 1992.

The Light Garden of the Angel King: Journeys to Afghanistan by Peter Levi. Reader's Union, Newton Abbot, 1973.

The Kings in Winter by Cecelia Holland. Atheneum, New York, 1968. First Edition.

The Barbarian Invasions (History of the Art of War volume two) by Hans Delbruck. University of Nebraska Press, Lincoln, 1990.


February 7, 2002


Over Nine Waves, A Book of Irish Legends, by Marie Heaney. Faber and Faber, 1994.

The Bog People, Iron Age Man Preserved, by P.V. Glob. Faber and Faber, 1998.

The Buried Mirror, Reflections on Spain and the New World, by Carlos Fuentes. Houghton Mifflin, 1992.

English Literature in the Sixteenth Century by C.S. Lewis. Oxford, 1954.

After Babel, Aspects of Language & Translation by George Steiner. Oxford, 1998.

Hall of Mirrors, Art and Film Since 1945, organized by Kerry Brougher. MOCA Monacelli, 1996.


August 18, 2001


Select Naval Documents edited by H. W. Hodges and E.A. Hughes. Cambridge University Press, 1927.

The Admen Move on Lhasa by Steven Heighton. Anansi 1997.

Italian Regional Cookery, a Culinary Travelogue by Lotte Mendelsohn with original recipes by Bea Lazzaro. Font and Center, 1993.

Secret Museum of Mankind , forward by David Stiffler. Gibbs Smith, 1999.

The Oxford Illustrated History of Tudor and Stuart Britain, edited by John Morrill. Oxford University Press, 1996.


July 18, 2001


Caldecott and Co.: notes on books & pictures, by Maurice Sendak. Farrar, Strauss and Giroux. 1988. First Edition.

Helen of Troy by Jack Lindsay. Constable, 1974.

The City in History by Lewis Mumford. Harcourt Brace, 1961.

Pictures from Yemen by Richard Gerlach. Editions Leipzig, no date.


June 23, 2001


Back in the USSA by Kim Newman and Eugene Byrne. Mark V. Ziering Books 1997. First Edition.

The History of the Devil and the Idea of Evil by Paul Carus. Bell Publishing 1969.

The Cleft and Other Odd Tales by Gahan Wilson. TOR 1998. First Edition.

Look to Windward by Iain M. Banks. Orbit 2000. Paperback

Entrances and Exits: the Garden as Theatre by Geoffrey James. Agnes Etherington Art Centre. 1984.


June 14, 2001


Life of Thomas More by Peter Ackroyd. Chatto and Windus, 1998.

Conseil a ma fille by J.N. Bouilly. Chez Rosa. 1817.

Ronald Searle's Big Fat Cat Book. Macmillan, 1982.

The Unknown Modigliani by Noel Alexandre. Abrams, 1993.