Five Books Newsletter 26

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This week's interview

Maxim D Shrayer on Vasily Grossman

The Soviet writer bore witness to the horrors of Russia's World War Two and the Shoah — and deserves a place in literary history, says scholar Maxim D Shrayer.

Books of the Week“Why should blonde hair be considered so attractive? You couldn’t imagine a book written about brown hair, or black hair.”

Ellen de Bruin on Dutch Women (and Happiness (“If you’re telling lots of jokes, it’s easier to talk about what’s bad about a country without it becoming so depressing that you don’t want to read the book.”

Danny Dorling on Modern Britain (“He wrote about black African civilisation before colonialism. How blacks governed themselves, ran their economies and so on.”

George Ayittey on Africa through African Eyes (“If you want to know how astronomy really works then this is a book you should read.”

Stuart Clark on Astronomers (“Palmer’s book is why I went into French history, and why I wanted to study the French Revolution.”

Lynn Hunt on the French Revolution (

Quote of the Week

"In California, if you want to produce solar energy, you have to fill in a 140-page form. ”
Bob Johnstone on Solar Power (

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