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If This Is a Man – Primo Levi

Another in our occasional series of Books That Matter today, courtesy of Oxford don John Simopoulos. “If This Is a Man” by Primo Levi tells of his own experience of the Holocaust.  “His tone throughout the memoir is dry-eyed and understated”, wrote the Sunday Telegraph, “he makes few references to himself, and they are rarely […]

The Lessons of Haggis

To conclude our week’s worth of all-time great reads, selected by John Simopoulos, Dean of Degrees at St Catherine’s College, Oxford, we end on a note of sublime levity: today’s’s featured author is Beachcomber (J.B. Morton) – an English columnist and essayist of exquisite humour…  “and I can say that with the authority of one […]

Austerlitz

“The most amazing single book that I know.”  The words of John Simopoulos, Dean of Degrees at St Catherine’s College, Oxford, talking about today’s featured book – W. G. Sebald‘s Austerlitz – rare praise indeed and an exceptional recommendation. In today’s Write Report, Donna brings us news of the year’s first case of plagiarism… and […]

The Blue Flower

John Simopoulos is here again to talk about his personal all-time favorite reads – today’s featured author is Penelope Fitzgerald, and John’s recommendations are The Blue Flower and The Beginning of Spring. In today’s Write Report, Donna brings news of the real Robinson Crusoe… and Wayne State University has opened a website to preserve threatened […]

As Good As Tolstoy

We continue our new year list of once-in-a-lifetime “must-read” books, as recommended by John Simopoulos, Dean of Degrees at St Catherine’s College, Oxford. Today’s featured work is a South American trilogy by Louis de Bernieres: The War of Don Emmanuels Nether Parts / Senor Vivo and the Coca Lord / The Troublesome Offspring of Cardinal […]

A Time of Gifts – Patrick Leigh Fermor

To kick off the new year, we have some truly stunning “must-read” book  recommendations for you – there’s no better way to profitably use up those book tokens – from the eminent John Simopoulos, Dean of Degrees at St Catherine’s College, Oxford.  Today’s featured book is A Time of Gifts:  On Foot to Constantinople – […]