Links of Interest (At Least to Me) 19/01/2008

Eoin Purcell

The video is relevant but more on that below:

I don’t know how I missed this but The Editor’s Corner at The Book Depository has a wonderful interview with one of my favourite History writer: Ian Mortimer. Pick of the words (though I’d like to write more later on some of the great lines to do with keeping non-fiction relevant for 40 years):

How could I not grow to like a man who was trilingual, literate, who read history, was the greatest jousting champion the royal family ever produced, travelled further than any other English monarch before the twentieth century, who was politically tolerant (for the middle ages) and who was faithful and dutiful to both his wives. Who used cotton for toilet paper, who had the first known chamber stool and perhaps the first portable clock, who was a ‘sparkling’ musician, and designed his own cannon.


If their recent video hadn’t taught you some respect for Snowbooks then go and read their application for the IPA innovation of the year prize. It’s in a natty PDF download and would be worth reading for the style even if the contents were pants which, I stress, they are not.


Oh no, here we go again. If The Australian is to be believed Ishmael Beah’s A Long Way Gone might be a long tall tale! I wonder if it matters for this one? Seems like a terribly worthy book one way or the other but let’s see what comes of it! [Thanks to PND for linking to this one]


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