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The Zhivago Affair: how censorship worked in Soviet Russia

“How many men are able to go boldly, and uprightly, to the scaffold? Unfortunately, I do not belong to their number” – Sergei Nikiforov, English teacher to the daughter of Boris Pasternak’s lover, Olga Ivinskaya, after denouncing Olga to KGB interrogators. Quoted in The Zhivago Affair. The Zhivago Affair, subtitled The Kremlin, the CIA and the Battle over a Forbidden

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Middlemarch quotations

This is my fourth and final collection of Middlemarch quotations. The book teems with exquisite epigrams, insights and laugh-out-loud observations. Read, and relish. I’ve published

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Robert Pimm podcasts

Robert Pimm podcasts are a new way of listening to posts about writing, books and stories. Comments and feedback humbly accepted. How about some Robert

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Blood Summit

Who is watching the watchers?

“Who is watching the watchers?” from the Latin phrase “quis custodiet ipsos custodes?”, is a preoccupation for modern democracies. Can we trust the people we

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