Nonfiction: The Loves of the Artists by Jonathan Jones

The Loves of the Artists: Art and Passion in the Renaissance by Jonathan Jones Simon and Schuster UK, 2013-14, 380 pgs. Examining the many lives and loves behind the Renaissance’s most dazzling and sensual artworks and sculptures, The Loves of the Artists reveals the secret – and sometimes not-so-secret – symbols of sex within some of the… Continue reading Nonfiction: The Loves of the Artists by Jonathan Jones

Nonfiction: Witches: James I and the English Witch-Hunts by Tracy Borman

Witches: James I and the English Witch-Hunts by Tracy Borman (Vintage, 2014, 302 pgs.) Belvoir Castle, September 1613: the Earl of Rutland’s young son falls unwell. After a peculiar and painful death, other family members of the estate begin to be afflicted too, including the only heir, the eldest son of the Earl. Whispers soon abound… Continue reading Nonfiction: Witches: James I and the English Witch-Hunts by Tracy Borman

Nonfiction: Christ’s Samurai by Jonathan Clements

Christ’s Samurai: The True Story of the Shimabara Rebellion by Jonathan Clements (Robinson, 2017, 288 pgs.) Japan, 1638. A Christian cult, led by a ‘boy sorcerer,’ formed a violent uprising that would plunge the southern isles of Japan into civil war. The shogun ordered the samurai to quell the revolt, resulting in the siege of Hara… Continue reading Nonfiction: Christ’s Samurai by Jonathan Clements

True Crime: Dark Secrets of the Black Museum by Gordon Honeycombe

Dark Secrets of the Black Museum by Gordon Honeycombe (John Blake, 2014, 498 pgs) A selection of some of the most shocking and infamous crimes in British legal history, as they run parallel to the development of the police force. Preserved by Scotland Yard’s Black Museum, the accounts here, told chronologically, depict acts of violence, robbery,… Continue reading True Crime: Dark Secrets of the Black Museum by Gordon Honeycombe

Best Reads of 2017

During 2017, I read thirty-four books (not including graphic novels, comics, etc.) and this is a quick little post of the most memorable, with special mentions at the bottom for those which I absolutely loved, regardless. Nonfiction: Helter Skelter: The True Story of the Manson Murders by Vincent Bugliosi (Arrow, Kindle ed., 1975, 2015, USA –… Continue reading Best Reads of 2017

True Crime: ‘The Cases That Haunt Us’ (2000) & ‘Mindhunter’ (1995)

John E. Douglas is one of the most well known true crime writers today, inspiring authors a-plenty with his varied career as one of the first modern criminal profilers who worked within the FBI, formerly as a Special Agent. His numerous books chronicle not only his career in the field but also the history of criminal… Continue reading True Crime: ‘The Cases That Haunt Us’ (2000) & ‘Mindhunter’ (1995)

Best Reads of 2016

Over the course of 2016, I managed to read a total of twenty-eight books, both non-fiction and fiction. Yep. So close to thirty. So very close. That’s 2017’s goal sorted then. That can go on the New Years Resolutions. And so, for the first post of 2017, I’m going to list four books I particularly enjoyed reading;… Continue reading Best Reads of 2016