I’m a particle physicist by training, but have recently finished my PhD and set out into the real world. Originally from Belfast, I’ve spent the last number of years living in Oxford and I’m currently in the process of moving to Portsmouth. Though my educational background has not featured history for a good few years, I have long been interested in history and spend a good portion of my spare time reading history books of some kind or another. I’m also a keen fan of good beer, football (not necessarily good) and music (a bit of everything but, for me, anything recommended by The Quietus is bound to be worth a listen).
I’ve had a bit of free time recently so, inspired by some of the fantastic history podcasts and blogs out there on the internet, have decided to have a bit of a go at blogging myself. I will be doing short reviews and recommendations for these podcasts, plenty of book reviews (thanks to The Last Bookshop in Oxford, I have picked up more than my fair share of cheap, somewhat obscure history books over the last few years), and maybe even a post or two on museums or locations I have visited. My tastes on podcasts and books will lie towards the popular, narrative end of the spectrum, but I’m open to things with a bit more depth once I’ve got the basics straight.
My process of rediscovering my love of history at university included playing Rome Total War, reading Tom Holland’s Rubicon and listening to Mike Duncan’s History of Rome – so it’s pretty natural that my favourite period of history is the late Roman Republic. Since then, I’ve been working my way out from there in a bit of a roundabout fashion. I’d tend not to go too recent, or too close to home, but I’ll probably make it there eventually.
Please feel free to leave comments, feedback or suggestions for how I could improve the blog! Recommendations for any books, podcasts or events would also be very welcome. Thanks for reading.