Tag Archives: books

Charles Darwin: book-vandal

On Charles Darwin's horrific mistreatment of books.

Old friends, New Fragments, old inscriptions

In which I find an enigmatic inscription written inside an old book.

I have seriously cool friends (part 3)

My wonderful, long-suffering partner, Jen, filled a gaping hole in my Darwin-groupie library this Christmas.

I have seriously cool friends (part 2)

My wonderful friend Stense bought me two magnificent books for Christmas.

New ebook review: 'The Origin of Darwinism'

I have just posted a review of the new Guardian ebook 'The Origin of Darwinism: Charles Darwin and The Origin of Species', edited by James Randerson.

New book review: Darwin and Lady Hope: the Untold Story

I have just posted a review of Dr L.R. Croft's book ‘Darwin and Lady Hope: the Untold Story’. I was not convinced by his thesis that Charles Darwin did indeed return to Christianity on his deathbed.

Judging a chap by the covers of his books

What does your bookshelf say about you?

Book Review: 'On Extinction: How We Became Estranged from Nature'

Review of Melanie Challenger's new book.

The seahorse and the pelican

In which I (perhaps) help piece together a vague memory from my father's childhood.

Ruskin's aesthetic taxonomy

On the intriguing and rather barmy plant taxonomy suggested by the Nineteenth Century art critic and social thinker John Ruskin.