The Irrationalist: The Tragic Murder of Rene Descartes by Andrew Pessin

November 10, 1619. In a clearing within the Black Forest a gentleman and his servant begin an argument, resulting in a rapier duel to the death. When one is disabled his antagonist runs him through the chest and walks away.  Rene Descartes died in Sweden in 1650, and based on most accounts, from pneumonia. The …

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Mr Finchley Discovers His England by Victor Canning

Mr. Edgar Finchley hasn’t had a holiday in ten years, so when he is told that he must take a proper holiday he is not quite prepared for the adventures that await him. At the outset Mr. Finchley’s intent is to spend a quiet three weeks in Margate. His plans quickly go awry when he …

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A Single Thread by Tracy Chevalier

In the years after WWI and the devastating loss of life that occurred, a generation of women were often doomed to a life of spinsterhood. For years Violet Speedwell has lived such a life, but in 1932, determined to take her life into her own hands, she moves out of her mother's home to Winchester …

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