“Better to never have been born!” This pessimistic declaration has been made at various points in the history of human thought, becoming a true philosophical system beginning with Arthur Schopenhauer in the nineteenth century. It was repeated by various philosophers in subsequent decades, though rarely with the tragic passion of Emil Cioran (1911-1995). A solitary philosopher, Cioran was born in Romania but spent most of his career in Paris, where he moved at the age of 26 and where he remained until his death.
A novel by esteemed African journalist, broadcaster, writer, civil servant, teacher and former Nigerian presidential assistant has been released called ‘Yunhouse – Assorted Tales About The Africa’. The book aims to bring more awareness and acknowledgement of the so-called ‘Pacification of The Natives’ at the Berlin Conference in 1884.
Who knows that Joaquín Rodrigo, creator of the world-famous Concierto de Aranjuez, was also a writer of distinction?
The blind Spanish composer wrote articles and music criticism throughout his life, and these essays reveal Rodrigo’s insights, humour and eloquence in subjects ranging from Bach to Stravinsky, and from Sephardic songs to the history of Spanish guitar. There are also illuminating commentaries by Rodrigo on many of his own works.
A chance finding of a watercolour painting in a charity shop in Bexhill On Sea began a journey of discovery for former Head Teach Pat Strickson, leading to the remarkable and heroic acts by the artist AFJ Hannaford and his colleagues.
This book chronicles the experiences of my mother’s brother, Captain Benjamin Chipchase Clayton MC, in the Great War. Ben Clayton was an art teacher from County Durham. He left 40 “Sketches from the Front”, drawn and dated during his 18 months in the Line. The Colonel of his battalion kept a diary, edited and published in 1964 as “General Jack’s Diary”.