Remains of the Raj

By Anthony Wild

Rating: 3 stars

Subtitled ‘The British Legacy in India’, this coffee-table book was fairly interesting, in that, embarrasingly, I know very little about Indian history, the Raj in particular. It’s split into sections, from a general historical overview to transport and government. None of the sections are particularly detailed, but provide enough of an overview to make me interested in reading more.

The pictures that decorate it are fantastic, with detailed captions, but the prose is tainted with a nostalgia for the ‘good old days’ of empire. A fact not hugely surprising given that the author is chairman of a reincarnation of the East India Company.

Book details

ISBN: 9780007114283
Publisher: HarperCollins Illustrated
Year of publication: 2001

Galactic Cluster

By James Blish

Rating: 4 stars

This is a collection of five short stories set in the same universe in different points in its history, all relating in some way to space travel, except one (To Pay the Piper, possibly the most poignant of the stories).

This is a trick that Blish has done before (on a much larger scale) with his Cities in Flight sequence, but containing it to a single book of short stories seems to work out better than the larger work.

Book details

ISBN: 9780451054418
Publisher: Roc
Year of publication: 1959

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