August 2020: Non-Fiction Previews

I keep hearing: “The world has changed forever.” And yet this month I’ve gained sustenance from reading about things that haven’t changed, and won’t ever change. The way that the past sheds light on our present lives, for example, as shown by The Museum Makers by Rachel Morris. What a complex thing family life is; what deep scars it can leave on us, and yet how abiding the love of our nearest and dearest can be, even when they defy convention or make mistakes; witness Diamonds at the Lost and Found by Sarah Aspinall and Dancing with the Octopus by Debora Harding.

And above all, as both The...

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