What I’m reading now: A Classical Education – The Stuff You Wish You’d Been Taught in School by Caroline Taggart (2009)

813vCeGdp6LI’M THE KIND of person that would’ve cherrished a classical education. I would’ve had all my bags ready with the all go to be sent off to Military school, boarding school, grammar school, private school, etc. just like a child that’s awaiting to set off to Disney World. Latin, Ancient Greek, Cicero, Plato, Virgil, Homer, Herodotus, No problem!

Alas it was not to be. What to do? Read this.

Hardcover, 192 pages
Published June 11th 2009 by Michael O’Mara Books
ASIN: B0042JU6L8
ISBN: 1606521322 (ISBN13: 9781606521328)
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From the publisher:

How many times have you wished that you’d been taught Latin at school? Or that your history stretched all the way back to Greek and Roman myths and legends? Or perhaps you wish you knew all about the great inventions and medical developments that have made our world what it is today? A Classical Educationprovides all of these classical facts that modern schooling leaves out and many more. Perfect for parents who wish to teach their children and for those who would like to learn or relearn the facts themselves, A Classical Education is informative and educational, but in a completely accessible way, including:

• Latin and Greek
• Logic and philosophy
• Natural sciences
• Art and architecture
• Poetry and drama
• History and Classical literature

Also including suggestions for further reading and entertaining tit-bits of information on the classics, A Classical Education is a must for anyone feeling let down by modern schooling.

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Review #10 – Poems That Make Grown Men Cry by Anthony and Ben Holden (2014)

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New Faber Members Collectors’ Edition of Seamus Heaney available

w628_6064043_heaney10emailFaber & Faber has just announced the publication of their latest Faber Members Collectors’ Edition: Seamus Heaney’s New Selected Poems 1966–1987. This is the second Collectors’ Edition after The Buried Giant by Kazou Ishiguro that I covered in an earlier post. This looks absolutely wonderful. The price is £50.

Faber — “Our latest Collectors’ Edition presents Seamus Heaney’s own selection from the first half of his extraordinary career. Sewn and bound by hand in Yorkshire, and with a first impression of only 400 copies, this edition is exclusive to Faber Members.

From the outset, Seamus Heaney’s writing was ‘mature and certain in its touch’, as Austin Clarke conferred in the Irish Times, throughout a run of epoch-making volumes in the 1960s and ’70s: Death of a Naturalist (1966), Door into the Dark (1969), Wintering Out (1972) and North (1975). The bravura pieces of Field Work (1979) and Station Island (1984) that followed culminated in the Whitbread Prize for Poetry with The Haw Lantern (1987).

Since its original publication in 1990, New Selected Poems 1966-1987 has become a seminal edition, containing many of Seamus Heaney’s most cherished and studied poems, ‘Digging’, ‘Mid-Term Break’, ‘The Tollund Man’ and ‘Casualty’ among them. Together with its later, sibling volume, New Selected Poems 1988-2013, it opens the story on Seamus Heaney’s calling as a poet.”

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Review #9 – My Brief History by Stephen Hawking (2013)

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