Jane Dismore


This week, Jane Dismore discusses with Ivan six things which he thinks should be better known.

Jane Dismore is a biographer and a freelance writer of history and heritage. Her latest book is Princess: The Early Life of Queen Elizabeth II (2018), pub. USA (Lyons Press) and UK (Thistle). Her website is: https://janedismore.com/

1. The beauty of Northumberland https://www.chroniclelive.co.uk/whats-on/family-kids-news/hidden-beauty-spots-northumberland-nine-13096075

2. Lady Dorothy Mills, novelist, explorer and early woman Fellow of the Royal Geographic Society: my feature for Eastern Daily Press: https://janedismore.com/2014/12/10/lady-dorothy-mills-nee-walpole/

3. Ruth Cavendish Bentinck, suffragist: my feature for Dorset Life: https://janedismore.files.wordpress.com/2018/06/2018-dorset-life-article.pdf The Cavendish Bentinck Library at the LSE is named for her.

4. The Water Babies by Charles Kingsley http://www.theguardian.com/books/2016/jul/11/the-water-babies-fairytale-social-change-richard-coles-documentary

5. Public archives https://archiveshub.jisc.ac.uk/guides/introduction/

6. Original 78 rpm records http://www.charm.rhul.ac.uk/history/p20_4_6.html

Tom Tivnan

Tom Tivnan

This week, Tom Tivnan of The Bookseller discusses with Ivan six things which he thinks should be better known.

1. Patrick O’Brian http://www.theatlantic.com/entertainment/archive/2015/09/the-next-great-tv-show-if-only-someone-will-make-it/403837/

2. Great Molasses Flood of 1919 http://www.bostonglobe.com/magazine/2019/01/09/the-great-molasses-flood-was-boston-strangest-disaster/VawySumFUf5vKCibM9PLtJ/story.html

3. Dark http://www.theverge.com/2017/12/1/16724852/netflix-dark-review-first-german-streaming-series

4. Chester Himes http://www.lrb.co.uk/v40/n08/adam-shatz/writing-absurdity

5. The People’s Almanac https://www.amazon.com/The-Peoples-Almanac-David-Wallechinsky/dp/0385040601

6. Scottish Borders http://www.visitscotland.com/blog/family-2/days-out-south-scotland/

Henry Hemming


This week, Henry Hemming discusses with Ivan six things which he thinks should be better known.

Henry’s books include Misadventure in the Middle East and M.

  1. Every day life in Iran www.lonelyplanet.com/iran/background/other-features/5dfe99c7-3ffb-4664-a7de-4ba79bcc016d/a/nar/5dfe99c7-3ffb-4664-a7de-4ba79bcc016d/361011
  2. Eric Maschwitz https://spartacus-educational.com/SPYmaschwitz.htm
  3. The dishwasher https://medium.com/@rogergathmann/on-washing-the-dishes-dfec4cddd5c6
  4. The reality of Britain standing alone against Nazi Germany, pre-Pearl Harbor www.theguardian.com/uk/2006/aug/19/military.secondworldwar
  5. Grand Designs www.homesandproperty.co.uk/home-garden/interiors/design-news/10-things-you-might-not-know-about-kevin-mcclouds-grand-designs-series-a124961.html
  6. Hands off parenting https://www.npr.org/sections/goatsandsoda/2018/05/28/614386847/what-kind-of-parent-are-you-carpenter-or-gardener?t=1556477867458

Rishi Dastidar


This week, Rishi Dastidar discusses six things with Ivan which should be better known.

1. The Bathers’ album Kelvingrove Baby: https://open.spotify.com/album/4Kbj8WGU786XtVHHEDUZUf

2. Estorick Collection http://www.estorickcollection.com

3. Hotellings Effect https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Hotelling%27s_law

4. Philly cheesesteak http://www.passyunk.co.uk

5. Robert Elms’ In Search of The Crack https://www.amazon.co.uk/Search-Crack-Robert-Elms/dp/0670823287

6. Sarah Manguso http://www.theparisreview.org/blog/2017/01/09/from-300-arguments/

Clare Mulley


This week, Clare Mulley talks to Ivan about six things that should be better known.

1. Eglantyne Jebb http://www.hive.co.uk/Product/Clare-Mulley/The-Woman-Who-Saved-the-Children–A-Biography-of-Eglantyn/23450779

2. Melitta Schiller von Stauffenberg http://www.hive.co.uk/Product/Clare-Mulley/The-Women-Who-Flew-for-Hitler–The-True-Story-of-Hitlers-Valkyries/21401991

3. Ecosia http://www.ecosia.org

4. Diversity within British history https://www.bbc.co.uk/historyofthebbc/people-nation-empire

5. The range of services of local councils https://awards.lgcplus.com/2018-winners

6. The achievements (and diversity) of female special agents https://www.hive.co.uk/Product/Clare-Mulley/The-Spy-Who-Loved–the-secrets-and-lives-of-one-of-Britai/14277647

Clare Mulley is the award-winning author of three books. The Woman Who Saved the Children won the Daily Mail Biographers’ Club Prize, and The Spy Who Loved, now optioned by Universal Studios, led to Clare being decorated with Poland’s national honour, the Bene Merito. Clare’s third book, The Women Who Flew for Hitler, is a dual biography of two extraordinary women at the heart of the Third Reich, but who ended their lives on opposite sides of history. A regular contributor to TV and radio, Clare recently gave a TEDx talk at Stormont, wrote last year’s BBC Reith Lecture quiz, and lectures in London and Paris on wartime female special agents. She also reviews non-fiction for the Telegraph, Spectator and History Today. Clare was chair of the judges for the Historical Writers Association 2017 Non-Fiction Prize, and has recently become an honorary patron of the Wimpole History Festival. http://www.claremulley.com

Kerry Hudson


This week, Kerry Hudson discusses with Ivan six things which she thinks should be better known. Her new book is Lowborn.

1. The music of Blick Bassy and Emahoy Tsegue-Mayam Guebruo http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=DJHXlc7Afzk

2. The joy of travelling in the country Georgia http://www.traveldrafts.com/50-things-you-need-to-know-before-traveling-to-georgia/

3. Vintage Delia Smith cookery programmes on the BBC http://www.bbc.co.uk/iplayer/episodes/p05rml64/delia-smiths-cookery-course

4. Bus rides in Bangkok http://www.keepcalmandtravel.com/bangkok-by-bus-a-cheap-alternative-way-to-visit-the-city/

5. Ironopolis by Glen James Brown http://www.theguardian.com/books/2019/jan/16/ironopolis-by-glen-james-brown-review

6. Night terrors https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Night_terror

Conor Reid


This week, Conor Reid of the Words to that Effect podcast (www.wttepodcast.com) discusses with Ivan six things which he thinks should be better known.

1. The works of Edgar Rice Burroughs http://www.telegraph.co.uk/films/2016/07/06/xenophic-hack-or-master-storyteller-the-wild-world-of-edgar-rice/

2. The city of Turin as a tourist destination http://slowitaly.yourguidetoitaly.com/2013/11/10-reasons-why-turin-should-be-on-your-italy-bucket-list/

3. The song Four Ethers by Serpentwithfeet http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5a4N_lOAieA

4. Brown bread ice-cream http://www.epicurious.com/recipes/food/views/irish-brown-bread-ice-cream-1958

5. The album Night Train by Oscar Peterson https://musicophilesblog.com/2016/02/02/oscar-petersons-night-train/

6. The work of China Mieville http://www.panmacmillan.com/blogs/fiction/china-mieville-brief-introduction-books-start-read