Sarah Bakewell - Author

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Sarah Bakewell was until recently a Curator at the Wellcome Institute Library, London. She curated an exhibition with Marina Warner for the Science Museum and is the author of The Smart and The English Dane: From King of Iceland to Tasmanian Convict.

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At The Existentialist Cafe Freedom, Being, and Apricot Cocktails

At The Existentialist Cafe Freedom, Being, and Apricot Cocktails

Author: Sarah Bakewell Format: Paperback Release Date: 27/02/2017

Shortlisted for the PEN Hessell-Tiltman Prize Paris, near the turn of 1932-3. Three young friends meet over apricot cocktails at the Bec-de-Gaz bar on the rue Montparnasse. They are Jean-Paul Sartre, Simone de Beauvoir and their friend Raymond Aron, who opens their eyes to a radical new way of thinking... `It's not often that you miss your bus stop because you're so engrossed in reading a book about existentialism, but I did exactly that... The story of Sartre, Beauvoir, Camus, Heidegger et al is strange, fun and compelling reading. If it doesn't win awards, I will eat my copy' Independent on Sunday `Bakewell shows how fascinating were some of the existentialists' ideas and how fascinating, often frightful, were their lives. Vivid, humorous anecdotes are interwoven with a lucid and unpatronising exposition of their complex philosophy... Tender, incisive and fair' Daily Telegraph `Quirky, funny, clear and passionate... Few writers are as good as Bakewell at explaining complicated ideas in a way that makes them easy to understand' Mail on Sunday

Light in the Dark

Light in the Dark

Author: Sarah Bakewell, Ruth Cowling, Tracy Davidson Format: Paperback Release Date: 15/11/2014

The Smart

The Smart

Author: Sarah Bakewell Format: Paperback Release Date: 03/11/2009

The Smart is a true drama of eighteenth-century life with a mercurial, mysterious heroine. Caroline is a young Irishwoman who runs off to marry a soldier, comes to London and slides into a glamorous life as a high-class prostitute, a great risk-taker, possessing a mesmerising appeal. In the early 1770s, she becomes involved with the intriguing Perreau twins, identical in looks but opposite in character, one a sober merchant, the other a raffish gambler. They begin forging bonds, living in increasing luxury until everything collapses like a house of cards - and forgery is a capital offence. A brilliantly researched and marvellously evocative history, The Smart is full of the life of London streets and shots through with enduring themes - sex, money, death and fame. It bridges the gap between aristocracy and underworld as eighteenth-century society is drawn into the most scandalous financial sting of the age.

The English Dane From King of Iceland to Tasmanian Convict

The English Dane From King of Iceland to Tasmanian Convict

Author: Sarah Bakewell Format: Paperback Release Date: 02/03/2006

This gripping nineteenth-century adventure stars Jorgen Jorgenson, who ran away to sea at fourteen and began a brilliant career by sailing to establish the first colony in Tasmania. Twists of fortune then found him captaining a warship for Napoleon before joining a British trading voyage to Iceland, where he staged an outrageous coup and ruled the country for two months. Much lay ahead, from imprisonment in the hulks to patronage by Joseph Banks and travels in Europe as a British spy. But Jorgenson was dogged by his own excesses, and ended up transported as a convict to the very colony he helped to found. Here he reinvented himself again as an explorer, and, despite his sympathy for the people, was caught up in the terrible Aboriginal clearances. Using unpublished sources and letters, Sarah Bakewell tells his astonishing tale with dazzling verve.

Montaigne, Philosopher of Life

Montaigne, Philosopher of Life

Author: Sarah Bakewell Format: eBook Release Date: 01/01/1970

What is it to be a human being? Why do I behave as I do? Montaigne did not flinch from these essential questions. His insights into the way we live are as relevant for today as they were in the 16th century. Sarah Bakewell's seven-part ebook tackles the brilliance of Montaigne, philosopher of life, and asks what we can learn from his remarkable thinking.The How to Believe series of ebooks explores the teachings, philosophies and beliefs of major thinkers and religious texts. In a short, easy-to-access format, leading writers present new understandings of these perennially important ideas.

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