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Book review: A Little History of the World, By EH Gombrich
Arifa Akbar is literary editor of The Independent and i newspapers. She has worked at The Independent since 2001 as a news reporter and arts correspondent before joining the books desk in 2009. She was a judge for the Orwell Prize for books, 2013, and is currently a judge of the Fiction Uncovered Prize 2014, and the Independent Scholastic New Children's Prize 2014.
Friday 01 November 2013
"My grandfather, Ernst Gombrich, is best known as an art historian", writers Leonie Gombrich in this gem of a book, which came before his better-known The Story of Art.
This is an illustrated edition of Gombrich's first book, which traces the progress of the human race, from the Stone Age on. It takes in the breadth of art and science across the ages.
Not only does it have a lovely, personal preface but reminds us how clever, eloquent and inquiring an account Gombrich gave us of ourselves.
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