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Obituary: Richard Doll

Richard Doll, an epidemiologist who helped identify the association between smoking and lung cancer, died on Sunday 24 July at the age of 92. Read More »

Some thoughts on Harry Potter

I was happy to let the Harry Potter craze pass me by, and did so for about four years. Just another children’s fantasy series, I thought: a good way of getting children, especially boys, to read, but there was nothing in it for me. Then, last year, I found myself staying in a Perth suburb with a cousin and her ... Read More »

The Return of the Vaccine-and-Autism Theory

Is vaccination safe or a possible autism vector? Read More »

Rosenstrasse

The name of this film comes from a Berlin street on which stood a prison where Jews were held in 1943. Many of these prisoners were married to Gentiles or were the children of such “mixed marriages”. The film’s central characters are Lena, an aristocratic German married to a Jewish musician, and Ruth, the young Jewish girl whom she adopted. ... Read More »

Cory Doctorow’s new novel published under Developing Nations License

Cory Doctorow’s new novel Someone Comes to Town, Someone Leaves Town has been published by Tor. As with his previous novels, this has simultaneously been released on Doctorow’s website in electronic format with a Creative Commons license. The license for this novel is the new Creative Commons Developing Nations License, which “lets anyone living in a country that’s not on ... Read More »

American Gods by Neil Gaiman

In his Sandman series of comics, Neil Gaiman took familiar stories from mythology and history and created a dark and mysterious version of our own reality. In American Gods, Gaiman again invited some old friends into our modern world and revealed them to be complex and multi-faceted beings. The big idea behind this novel is how old European and African ... Read More »

Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie’s Purple Hibiscus

I first heard about Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie’s novel Purple Hibiscus when it was shortlisted for last year’s Booker Prize. It’s the story of a fifteen-year-old girl’s discovery of a world outside her sheltered and oppressive family home, which I found as “unputdownable” as any thriller. The story centres around young Kambili’s fear of her oppressive father and the contrast between ... Read More »