Educated by Tara Westover was one of the biggest books of last year, so I'm a little late to the party with this one, but oh boy is it brilliant. This is Tara's memoir of her life growing up in a Mormon survivalist cult on a mountain in rural Idaho. Tara is the youngest of seven… Continue reading The importance of an education
The first book I read this year was Kim Stanley Robinson's Red Mars. It's the first in a trilogy about human colonisers on Mars, and it's an absolute beast at more than 650 pages. It took me most of January to read, and I loved it. Probably the most impressive thing about Red Mars is that very rarely during… Continue reading To green or not to green? Terraforming in ‘Red Mars’
I have a T-shirt with the NASA logo on it (standard get-up for a space lover), and every time I wear it and catch myself in the mirror, I wonder whether the stars in the background are meant to represent particular constellations. Maybe they're just a random scattering of stars, but the people at NASA… Continue reading What are the stars in the NASA logo?
Well, here it is, my first post on clarediston.com! It's not my first post ever - in fact, I've been doing this for quite a few years, over at my old blog 50ayear.com. That blog was all about books - I started it in 2012, and I read and reviewed fifty books a year. I started… Continue reading My favourite books of the last 7 years