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    Ravens' feast

    Life, Bernard Trink, Published on 27/12/2018

    » This reviewer's understanding of historical novels is that the authors do historical research on their topic, using actual figures and imaginary ones where need-be, to write essentially factual and hopefully interesting stories. But not all historical novelists follow this form. Some are more concerned about their own largely fictitious story than the actual events behind it.

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    George Lucas's tops Forbes list of richest US celebrities for Star Wars empire

    Life, Published on 20/12/2018

    » Filmmaker George Lucas's Star Wars empire -- the movie franchise, not Darth Vader's fictional galactic government -- planted him firmly atop Forbes magazine's third annual ranking of the wealthiest US celebrities, which was released this week.

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    Play that funky music

    Life, Published on 02/08/2018

    » Clean Bandit, a British electronic music group, will inspire concertgoers to dance along during their Bangkok debut show at Centerpoint Studio, Sukhumvit 105 (Soi Lasalle), on Aug 22 at 8.30pm.

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    A master storyteller, heir to the greats and entirely sui generis

    Life, Published on 20/07/2018

    » In a famous Hindu parable, three blind men encounter an elephant for the first time and try to describe it, each touching a different part. "An elephant is like a snake," says one, grasping the trunk. "Nonsense; an elephant is a fan," says another, who holds an ear. "A tree trunk," insists a third, feeling his way around a leg.

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    Targeted billionaires

    Life, Bernard Trink, Published on 08/06/2018

    » When a rich man meets his maker, I pause for few moments, not to mourn his life but to wonder what becomes of his wealth. Of no use to him now, is it buried with him? Like the pharaohs, he intends for it to accompany him in his next life? Is it inherited by his son? To do what with?

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    Big city, small town

    Life, Bernard Trink, Published on 11/05/2018

    » People are natural actors. Observe how they tell stories to their friends, passing on telephone conversations or what they saw or heard. They mimic and flap their arms for emphasis. Hoping for smiles or groans. Novelists aim to do the same with more words. Alas, only the better ones succeed. All too many try and fail.

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    The Shakespeare brothers

    Life, Published on 06/04/2018

    » Unlike many historical fiction writers, Brit Bernard Cornwell doesn't specialise in a particular period. Rather, his interests encompass virtually the lot. And when he chooses a popular age, it's because he finds something in his research that his colleagues have missed.

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    Ace hitchhiker

    Life, Bernard Trink, Published on 02/03/2018

    » British expatriate Lee Child has become perhaps the most respected thriller novelist in the US. His blurbs for colleagues' books send sales soaring. Jack Reacher, his literary creation, is a household name. Tom Cruise has played him in two successful movies.

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    Choosing sides

    Life, Bernard Trink, Published on 08/12/2017

    » Not long ago a historian calculated that throughout human history there has been a total of fewer than 25 years of peace. There were wars somewhere on the planet the rest of the time. The clear meaning is that homo sapiens are a violent, bloodthirsty lot.

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    A treaty for peace

    Life, Bernard Trink, Published on 23/11/2017

    » Following the two-decade-long Napoleonic Wars, Europe, not least France, licked its wounds and agreed "never again". Then they set about making a lasting peace. They felt able to do it. It was the Age of Reason and they were was intelligent as one could be in 1815.

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