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A treasure trove of Schama's writing with subjects ranging from cookery to Barack Obama.

Passionate, provocative, entertaining and informative, Scribble, Scribble, Scribble ranges far and wide: from cookery and family to Barack Obama, from preaching and Shakespeare to Victorian sages, from Charlotte Rampling and Hurricane Katrina to 'The Fate of Eloquence in the Age of The Osbornes'.

Never predictable, always stimulating, Scribble, Scribble, Scribble allows us to view the world, in all its diversity, through the eyes of one of Britain's best-loved public intellectuals.


The most stimulating and surprising writing here is on cooking and eating...Diverting personal history


Wilfully miscellaneous but addictively readable volume...On the evidence of this damned thick book, as a human being he is clever, versatile and extremely likeable

John Sutherland, Financial Times

A succinct stylist, Schama is a master of metaphor, the apt, adjectival phrase, rhetoric and irony, even Joycean parody...This sparkling, effervescent collection bridges the gap between scholarly and popular writing...It is excellent holiday reading: dip into this between the sea and the bar and you will find a subtle and amusing companion.

Richard Ormrod, The Spectator

An enticing collection of pieces old and new, a bedside book of rich insights

Peter Preston, The Observer

It really is very good...witty, learned, informative and clarifying

Nicholas Lezard, Evening Standard

His eloquence is on magnificent display in this new book: a delightful collection of journalistic essays...The length of his book, overflowing with purple prose (though very rarely at the cost of substance), demonstrates that, often, Schama does not know when to stop. But in this case, maybe that is not such a bad thing

James Grant, The Independent on Sunday

A busy and eventful voyage round Schamaland.. a one-man babble of erudition and wild enthusiasms

Elizabeth Grice, Daily Telegraph

Historian Simon Schama is man of broad interests, making this diverse collection of reviews, speeches and interviews well worth reading

Simon Shaw, Daily Mail

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  • Paperback


    September 1, 2011


    464 pages

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    March 1, 2011

    Vintage Digital

    464 pages

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