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100 best nonfiction books: No 80 – The Natural History and Antiquities of Selborne by Gilbert White (1789)

This curates beautiful and lucid observations on the wildlife of a Hampshire village inspired generations of naturalists The Rev Gilbert White was that now extinct species, the unmarried Oxbridge don in holy orders. A lifelong curate and a fellow of Oriel College, White devoted himself to observing flora and fauna at large in the natural […]

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100 best nonfiction books: No 79 The Interesting Narrative of the Life of Olaudah Equiano by Olaudah Equiano (1789)

The most famous slave memoir of the 18th century is a powerful and terrifying read and established Equiano as a founding figure in black literary tradition Black literature begins with the slave memoirs of the 18th century. Equianos Interesting Narrative is the most famous of these, especially once it was taken up by supporters of […]

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The 100 best nonfiction books: No 75 The Autobiography of Benjamin Franklin (1793)

The US founding fathers life drawn from four different manuscripts combines the affairs of revolutionary America with Franklins private struggles Benjamin Franklins face on banknotes, letterheads and civic documents is an ageless icon of the American revolution, at once benign but cunning, projecting a mood thats universal and accessible. In life, he was a great […]

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The Book Smugglers of Timbuktu by Charlie English review

This exemplary work tells a remarkable story of the saving of precious manuscripts and explores the meanings of the African Eldorado, but exposes a myth In April 2012, the jihadist army of theSonghai empire, which reached its peak during the 15th and 16th centuries, Timbuktu became the West African equivalent of Oxbridge or the Ivy […]

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