Not long ago I had an email from a friend, wondering if I’d yet read the new Ian McEwan.
In November 1660, on a damp night at Gresham College in London, a young shaver named Christopher Wren gave a lecture on astronomy.
In 1564 a book was published calculating that there were 7,409,127 demons at work in the world, under the administrative control of 79 demon-princes.
Sometimes you can become too well known.
Say Goodbye to the Cuckoo, by Michael McCarthy
Wings and Rings: A History of Bird Migration Studies in Europe, by Richard Vaughan
By all accounts a modest and retiring example of his species, Charles Darwin would surely have been more astonished than flattered by the honours done him during this year’s bicentennial celebrations.
The Lost City of Z, by David Grann
The Vanishing Face of Gaia: A Final Warning, by James Lovelock He Knew He Was Right: The Irrepressible Life of James Lovelock and Gaia, by John Gribbin and Mary Gribbin
Why Us?, by James Le Fanu
Darwin’s Sacred Cause, by Adrian Desmond and James Moore
Darwin: A Life in Poems, by Ruth Padel