February/March 2021 Reading Roundup

I missed my monthly reading roundup in February, so here are two months together. As you’ll see, they were dominated by one huge book: Marcel Proust’s seven-volume, 3,000-page masterpiece. But I managed to squeeze in a few more good books…

The Ants Will Come and Tell Me

As the Empire was falling apart, Britain had a problem: how to keep control of all its former colonies and their resources as they became independent. Acting in good faith was, of course, out of the question. Many of the…

Capitalism & Slavery

This book does an excellent job of showing exactly how the development of British capitalism was dependent on slavery.┬áThe author is Eric Williams, an obscure PhD student at the time of writing, but later in life to become Prime Minister…