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Natalie blogs at Philobiblon, on books, history and all things feminist. In her public life she's the leader of the Green Party of England and Wales.

Book Review: ‘Pterosaurs: Natural History, Evolution, Anatomy’ by Mark P. Witton


I now know that practically everything I learnt about pterosaurs 30 years ago was, while the "wisdom" of the time, entirely wrong. Read More »

Book Review: ‘Food in Medieval England: Diet and Nutrition’, edited by C.N. Wollgar, D. Serjeantson and T. Waldron


Sixteenth-century Cornish ale, made from oats, was said to be "lyke wash as pygges had wrestled dryn". Read More »

Theater Review (London): Untitled Matriarch Play (or the Seven Sisters) at the Royal Court


A comic but not light piece that the cast of seven women can really get their teeth into. Read More »

Theater Review (London): “Payback: The Musical” at the Riverside Studios


A thoroughly entertaining if lightweight evening. Read More »

Book Review: Confronting the Classics: A Provocative Tour of What is Happening Now in the Classics by Mary Beard


A fine collection of essays that started life as book reviews. Read More »

Book Review: How Ancient Europeans Saw the World: Visions, Patterns and the Shaping of the Mind in Prehistoric Times by Peter S. Wells

A thought-provoking exploration of the prehistoric European mind. Read More »

Book Review: Striking A Light: The Bryant and May Matchwomen and their Place in History by Louise Raw

An important part of women's history: the true foundation of "New Unionism" uncovered. Read More »

Book Review: Through the Eye of a Needle: Wealth, the Fall of Rome and the Making of Christianity in the West, 350-550AD by Peter Brown

This is no dry theological tome; Brown is seeking to present a complete, detailed picture of his characters' lives as possible. Read More »

Book Review: City Women: Money, Sex and the Social Order in Early Modern London by Eleanor Hubbard

"Come on, Nell, what shall we have Goodwife Bird and you fall out for a few babbling words?" Read More »

Book Review: The Sealed Letter by Emma Donoghue

Definitely recommended if you enjoy historical novels, or are interested in First Wave feminism. Read More »