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Richard Coles

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Richard Keith Robert Coles is an English musician, journalist and Church of England parish priest. Now vicar of Finedon in Northamptonshire, he was formerly the multi-instrumentalist who partnered Jimmy Somerville in the 1980s band The Communards.
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Black and British
A Forgotten History
David Olusoga - Jan 01, 2018 (first published in 2016)
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Drawing on new genetic and genealogical research, original records, expert testimony and contemporary interviews, Black and British reaches back to Roman Britain, the medieval imagination and Shakespeare's Othello. It reveals that behind the South Sea Bubble was Britain's global slave-trading empire and that much of the great industrial boom of the...
Richard Coles
Dec 31, 2020
The book of the year for me (though I was late to the party) was “Black and British” by @DavidOlusoga. I can’t remember when a book last made such an impression on me. It made me see the world differently and has changed my life.      source
Entangled Life
How Fungi Make Our Worlds, Change Our Minds & Shape Our Futures
Merlin Sheldrake - May 12, 2020
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A journey into the hidden world of fungi.When we think of fungi, we likely think of mushrooms. But mushrooms are only fruiting bodies, analogous to apples on a tree. Most fungi live out of sight, yet make up a massively diverse kingdom of organisms that supports and sustains nearly all living systems. Fungi provide a key to understanding the planet...
Richard Coles
Nov 26, 2020
Are you listening to Merlin Sheldrake’s book about fungi, #EntangledLife, on @BBCRadio4? It’s MARVELLOUS, beautifully written and beautifully read by him.      source
Walking with Ghosts
Gabriel Byrne - Jan 12, 2021
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As a young boy growing up in the outskirts of Dublin, Gabriel Byrne sought refuge in a world of imagination among the fields and hills near his home, at the edge of a rapidly encroaching city. Born to working class parents and the eldest of six children, he harbored a childhood desire to become a priest. When he was eleven years old, Byrne found hi...
Richard Coles
Nov 14, 2020
@EmJaySlade The book is marvellous.      source
The Whole Beast
Nose to Tail Eating
Fergus Henderson - Mar 01, 2004 (first published in 1999)
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The Whole Beast: Nose to Tail Eating is a certified "foodie" classic. In it, Fergus Henderson -- whose London restaurant, St. John, is a world-renowned destination for people who love to eat "on the wild side" -- presents the recipes that have marked him out as one of the most innovative, yet traditional, chefs. Here are recipes that hark back to a...
Richard Coles
May 28, 2019
@timhayward @jennylinford I love that book.      source
Spoons 1650-2000
Simon Moore - Mar 04, 2008 (first published in 2005)
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Spoons probably have the longest history of any artefact and have been made ever since man discovered that handling liquids was vital to his existence. In this new colour edition of a popular title, Simon Moore traces the history of English spoons, noting their social position in history and the many changes in style and form as their versatility w...
Richard Coles
May 11, 2019
@MooseAllain It’s actually a brilliant book.      source
Around the World in 80 Trains
A 45,000-Mile Adventure
Monisha Rajesh - Jan 23, 2020 (first published in 2019)
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Captured with wit and warmth, energy and zest, one woman's attempt to circumnavigate the globe in eighty eventful train journeysWhen Monisha Rajesh announced plans to circumnavigate the globe in eighty train journeys, she was met with wide-eyed disbelief. But it wasn't long before she was carefully plotting a route that would cover 45,000 miles – a...
Richard Coles
Jan 30, 2019
Train lovers everywhere, I took this on the Sleeper to Scotland and back. Never before in the field of book to read on the train selection was a more apposite choice made. Thank you @monisha_rajesh      source