Book review: Anthony Quinn’s “Our Friends in Berlin”

Another true story inspired Anthony Quinn’s recent spy-novel “Our Friends in Berlin”. His story takes place in England, during the Second World War. Its subject is the often forgotten fact, there were people in Britain who sympathized with Nazi Germany.

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Book Review: Alma Katsu’s horror story “The Hunger”

The subtitle on the front cover of “The Hunger” declares: based on a true story. For readers like me, unfamiliar with this true story, Alma Katsu includes a “Historical Note” at the end of her fictional account. The real, as well as Katsu’s fictional story, are both horrifying.

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Book review: Jan Brokken’s magnificent “Mr. Radio Philips”

Jan Brokken’s latest book describes the true story of “Mr. Radio Philips”. This “Mr. Radio Philips”, also known as “the Angel of Lithuania”, was a Dutch consul who helped Jewish refugees. Unfortunately, this book is currently only available in Dutch.

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Book review: Michael Palin’s “Erebus” – not for the faint hearted

The book’s cover reveals Michael Palin’s “Erebus” is a ship’s biography. Yet it is more than this. “Erebus” story will interest those familiar with Palin’s series “Pole to Pole”, as well as people interested in ships, adventures, explorations, mysteries, history.

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Book review: “Rembrandt’s portrait of a Young Gentleman”

When the story broke earlier this year, media went ballistic. A Dutch art-dealer had discovered an unknown portrait by Rembrandt. Recently, the painting caused more headlines: a dispute between art-dealers. Rembrandt’s “Portrait of a Young Gentleman” continuous to make waves. Continue reading

Book review: The Feather Thief – a museum theft

Kirk Wallace Johnson was fishing in an American river when he heard of a theft. No ordinary crime, but a bizarre one. The theft of hundreds of dead birds from a museum.

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Book review: Daniel Kehlmann’s “Ich und Kaminski”

Daniel Kehlmann’s “Ich und Kaminski” appeared over ten years ago. By now, it has been translated into English and other languages. As happens with very successful books: it was turned into a film as well. Worth reading?

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Book review: Andrea Camilleri on Caravaggio’s last years

Someone had mentioned Andrea Camilleri’s thrillers and how popular this Italian author is. Being unfamiliar with the author and his books, I trotted off to a local library. Fortunately, it offered two translations. The slimmest was about Caravaggio; ensuring I chose it.

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Book Review: Fred Vargas offers some deliciously deadly poison

Fred Vargas is among the detective writers whose books are a must-read for me. So when a (non-English) translation of “Quand sort la recluse” recently appeared, I could not wait to read it. The book is part of the Adamsberg-series and follows “Climate of Fear”. Continue reading