Video blog – Michael Johnston previews ‘H-Bombs & Hula Girls’, his new book

Set for publication in April 2017, Michael previews this account – by himself and fellow shipmates – of the aircraft carrier HMS Warrior‘s participation in Operation Grapple, Britain’s first successful thermonuclear bomb tests in the Pacific in 1957, and the goodwill voyage in the Pacific and to South America which followed. (The text of this vlog is below.) Read more ...

Video blog – Michael Johnston reviews Mantel’s Wolf Hall & Bring Up the Bodies – novels and adapted plays

A review and summary of Hilary Mantel’s two novels, Wolf Hall and Bring Up the Bodies, and the stage versions recently performed by the Royal Shakespeare Company in Stratford. These plays are to transfer to London’s Aldwych Theatre (1 May – 6 Sept 2014, http://www.rsc.org.uk), and are also being dramatised for television broadcast by the BBC in 2015. Read more ...