Reading Roundup

A few brief reviews of some recent reads: Tony Hawks' Round Ireland with a Fridge, Frank Herbert's Dune Trilogy, Ethel Lina White's The Lady Vanishes & The Spiral Staircase, and Frans de Waal's Are We Smart Enough to Know How Smart Animals Are?

Uncommon People: Resistance, Rebellion and Jazz

Uncommon People is a collection of Eric Hobsbawm's essays spanning the majority of his long career, from the 1950s to the mid-1990s. It brings together a wide range of topics, collected under four headings: The Radical Tradition, Country People, Contemporary History and Jazz. Under "The Radical Tradition", there are essays addressing Thomas Paine, the Luddites,…