The Anatomist: A True Story of Gray’s Anatomy (Book review)

I finished reading Oliver Sacks new book On The Move: A Life this week and towards the end he writes about his late-blossoming relationship with Bill Hayes, author of The Anatomist. It reminded me that I’d written a review of it for the CMAJ. You can see why they might be drawn to one another —Continue reading “The Anatomist: A True Story of Gray’s Anatomy (Book review)”

The Invention of Scotland by Hugh Trevor-Roper (Book Review)

by Alan King British historian Hugh Trevor-Roper seems to have had a lifelong fascination with fakes and fraudsters. The first book of his to reach beyond an academic readership was his 1976 exposé of Sir Edmund Backhouse, the turn-of-the-century sinologist who was regarded as an expert on the Chinese Empress Dowager and her court. Trevor-RoperContinue reading “The Invention of Scotland by Hugh Trevor-Roper (Book Review)”

Breakfast With Lucien by Geordie Grieg (Book review)

by Alan King Whatever it was the author shared with famous British figurative artist Lucien Freud at the breakfast table it definitely wasn’t sunny side up. The meal served in this brief memoir is a dark, all-you-can-shag buffet. Much of it entails Freud bloviating unapologetically about his lengthy conga-line of bed partners — many ofContinue reading “Breakfast With Lucien by Geordie Grieg (Book review)”