My ever growing TE collection.

  • Lawrence of Arabia: The man, the Legend - Malcolm Brown
  • A Touch of Genius - Malcolm Brown
  • Hero - Michael Korda
  • Lawrence in Arabia - Scott Anderson
  • Lawrence of Arabia: The Authorised Bio - Jeremy Wilson
  • A Prince of Our Disorder  - John E. Mack
  • T.E. Lawrence in Arabia and After - Liddell Hart
  • An Handful With Quietness - Patrick Knowles
  • The Last Days of T.E. Lawrence - Marriot and Argent
  • Solitary In the Ranks -  H. Montgomery Hyde
  • Another Life: Lawrence After Arabia - Andrew R.B. Simpson
  • A Garland of Lengends - Sidney Sugarman
  • The Boys Life of Colonel Lawrence - Lowell Thomas
  • The Golden Reign - Clare Sydney Smith
  • 338171 - Victoria Ocampo
  • T.E. Lawrence - Vyvyan Richards
  • The Golden Warrior - Lawrence James
  • Lawrence: The Uncrowned King of Arabia - Michael Asher

  • The Mint: Limited Edition 1st printing copy #1820, 1955 - TE
  • The Mint: First Trade Edition, 1955 - TE
  • Seven Pillars of Wisdom, 1935 - TE
  • The Odyssey of Homer, 1935 - TE
  • Minorities, 1972 - TE
  • T.E. Lawrence By His Friends , 1937
  • T.E. Lawrence By His Friends, 1937
  • The Letter of T.E. Lawrence, 1938 - David Garnett
  • The Letters to T.E. Lawrence, 1962 - A.W. Lawrence
  • The Selected Letters - Malcolm Brown
  • Revolt in the Desert, 1927 - TE
  • Seven Pillars of Wisdom, The Complete 1922 Oxford Text, 2014 
  • Seven Pillars of Wisdom, 1997
  • Journal of the T.E. Lawrence Society, 4 issues
  • The Young T.E. Lawrence - Anthony Sattin

Cristiano Ronaldo makes his debut for his new club during the FA Barclaycard Premiership match between Manchester United and Bolton Wanderers held on August 16, 2003 at Old Trafford, in Manchester, England. Manchester United won the match 4-0.

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Julius Soubise, Macaroni of London

Julius Soubise (1754-1798) was the adopted son of the infamous Catherine Hyde, Duchess of Queensbury (1701-1777), who was a wealthy and scandalous eccentric. He was born at St. Kitts and arrived in London at the age of ten. His good looks generated a good deal of interest among women of rank, and Soubise came to live with the Duchess in 1764.

Raised in privilege, Soubise excelled at violin, acting, and oration; he also became the Duchess’s riding and fencing master as a young man. Although Soubise’s presence in the household was met with the Duke of Queensbury’s approval and encouragement, rumors that a sexual relationship existed between The Duchess and her fencing master pervaded London high society; the top engraving (William Austin, 1773) is a satirical allegory alluding to that relationship.

Gerzina (1995) relates the manner in which the popular young man was received by London society in adulthood:

Soubise ‘suddenly changed his manners, and became one of the most conspicuous fops of the town. He frequented the Opera, and the other theatres; sported a fine horse and groom in Hyde-Park; became a member of many fashionable clubs, and made a figure.’

Soubise became quite accustomed to spending money on clothing, fine dining, and women friends; the prominent Black British academic and abolitionist Ignatius Sancho wrote a letter addressed to him in 1771 entreating the wildly popular fop to tone down his behavior and appeal to respectability. He did not take this advice.

Another engraving of Soubise labels him “A Mungo Macaroni”. “Mungo” refers to a much-maligned Black character in a contemporaneously popular play; “Macaroni” being a 17th Century term for wealthy young men obsessed with (usually French) fashion, gambling, drinking, and generally engaging in dissolute behavior. 

Julius Soubise continued his lavish and decadent lifestyle in London with the blessing of his patron until her death in 1777. Accounts vary as to which event came first, but it is clear within a day or two of the Duchess’s demise, Soubise was accused of assaulting a young woman who worked as a maid, and subsequently fled to Calcutta in Bengal, India. He founded an equestrian school there and spent the rest of his days training young men and women to ride and fence. Julius Soubise died at 44 years of age on August 25, 1798, from injuries sustained by a fall from a horse.

Further Reading:

Banned by Walmart, Ronda’s autobiography (co-written with her sister) is out today. I’ve read a few excerpts and I can’t wait!! Here’s the intro:


“I am a fighter.
To be a fighter, you have to be passionate. I have so much passion, it’s
hard to hold it all in. That passion escapes as tears from my eyes, sweat
from my pores, blood from my veins.  
So many people assume that I’m cold and callous, but the truth is you
need a big heart to fight. I wear my heart on my sleeve, and I have had it
broken too. I can compete with broken toes or stitches in my foot. I can
take a hit without batting an eyelash, but I will burst into tears if a sad song
comes on the radio. I am vulnerable; that’s why I fight.
It has been that way since I was born. I fought for my first breath. I
fought for my first words. The battle to be respected and heard is one I’m
still fighting. For a long time, I felt I had to fight for every little thing. But
now, one big battle every couple of months makes up for all the minor ones
I forfeit every day. Some lost battles are small. Getting cut off in traffic.
Taking shit from a boss. The everyday slights that drive us up to the edge.
Some lost battles are life altering. Losing someone you love. Failing to
achieve the one thing you have worked hardest for.
I fight for my dad, who lost his battle, dying when I was eight years
old, and for my mom, who taught me how to win every second of my life.
I fight to make the people who love me proud. To make the people
who hate me seethe. I fight for anyone who has ever been lost, who has
ever been left, or who is battling their own demons.
Achieving greatness is a long and arduous battle that I fight every day.
Fighting is how I succeed. I don’t just mean inside a 750-square-foot cage
or within the confines of a 64-square-meter mat. Life is a fight from the
minute you take your first breath to the moment you exhale your last. You
have to fight the people who say it can never be done. You have to fight
the institutions that put up the glass ceilings that must be shattered. You
have to fight your body when it tells you it is tired. You have to fight your
mind when doubt begins to creep in. You have to fight systems that are put
in place to disrupt you and obstacles that are put in place to discourage
you. You have to fight because you can’t count on anyone else fighting for
you. And you have to fight for people who can’t fight for themselves. To get
anything of real value, you have to fight for it.
I learned how to fight and how to win. Whatever your obstacles, who
ever or whatever your adversary, there is a way to victory.
Here is mine.”


In November 1995, Dr. Dre and Tupac went to Compton, California, to shoot their “California Love” video. They stopped in the middle of the street by the Compton Swap Meet and got out to talk to the people. An 8-year-old Kendrick Lamar was there, sitting on his dad’s shoulders, transfixed by the West Coast legends. “Subconsciously, it sparked something,” Lamar told WGCI-FM’s The Morning Riot. “I always kept thinking about that moment.”

In the almost 20 years since then, Lamar has hustled his way into the company of those rappers he watched in 1995. He’s now under the tutelage of Dre himself, and he spoke to Tupac posthumously on his fantastic new record, To Pimp a Butterfly. Some of the biggest West Coast rappers call Lamar the “king of West Coast rap” — an even more valuable credential than his two Grammy Awards, No. 1 record and a Generational Icon award from California’s 35th Senate District.

None of that came easy. And the story behind how Lamar earned his crown only makes it shine brighter.


Billy Waters - Soldier, Actor and Musician

As well as highly acclaimed professional musicians like Joseph Emidy and George Bridgetower, there were Black street buskers who entertained London’s public. Billy Waters, a fiddler, was one such character and a common sight outside the Adelphi Theatre, in the Strand, in the 1780s. Identifiable by his wooden leg and military-style outfit, he was famously caricatured by the cartoonist George Cruickshank. 

Billy Waters may have ended up on the streets of London as one of the Black poor who had fought in the American War of Independence. From workhouse records, it seems that Billy became ill and spent his final days at St Giles’s Workhouse where he was elected ‘the king of beggars’. A verse from his will reads:

                   Thus poor Black Billy’s made his Will,
                   His Property was small good lack,
                   For till the day death did him kill
                   His house he carried on his back.
                   The Adelphi now may say alas!
                   And to his memory raise a stone:
                   Their gold will be exchanged for brass,
                   Since poor Black Billy’s dead and gone.

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Michelle Obama: A Life by Peter Slevin

An inspiring story, richly detailed and written with élan, here is the first comprehensive account of the life and times of Michelle Obama, a woman of achievement and purpose—and the most unlikely first lady in modern American history. With disciplined reporting and a storyteller’s eye for revealing detail, Peter Slevin follows Michelle to the White House from her working-class childhood on Chicago’s largely segregated South Side.  [book link]


If you, like me, are always at a loss about what all you should include in your character’s biography to make it well-rounded and gives people insight about the character, then you’re just going to love me. My biographies usually consist of five parts, and to give it some consistency and direction, I thought I’d come up with questions that will help you describe your character without too much effort.

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This May, we are honouring Kierkegaard as the inaugural ‘Philosopher of the Month’. Søren Kierkegaard (1813-1855) was a Danish philosopher, theologian, and the father of existentialism. Join us as we celebrate the life and work of Søren Kierkegaard via the reading list below, which includes biographies, journal articles, and free online resources.

Keep a look out for #PhilosopherOTM across social media and follow @OUPPhilosophy on Twitter for more Philosopher of the Month content.

Which books would you add to the list?


Congratulations to the finalists for the Third Annual Bisexual Book Awards! The nominees for Bisexual Memoir/Biography are:

  • Bad Dyke by Allison Moon, Lunatic Ink
  • A Cup of Water Under My Bed: A Memoir by Daisy Hernández, Beacon Press
  • Fire Shut Up In My Bones by Charles M. Blow, Houghton Mifflin Harcourt
  • Not My Father’s Son: A Memoir by Alan Cumming
  • Susan Sontag: A Biography by Daniel Schreiber, Northwestern University Press
  • The Tastemaker: Carl Van Vechten and the Birth of Modern America By Edward White, Farrar, Straus and Giroux