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Books about Belgium. And my new blog

First, a bit of blatant advertising. I’ve started a new blog on a big interest of mine for years: Books.

You can find it over at Denzil TheBookOwl, where I review books I’ve read: mainly non-fiction but also a bit of fiction from time to time. I have also started interviewing some of the authors to find out a little more about their book or the writing process.

So please – if you are interested in books, of course – feel free to visit Denzil TheBookOwl and subscribe. I would love to meet many of my lovely Discovering Belgium readers over there.

Second, as Discovering Belgium is all about Belgium, and Christmas is fast approaching, I thought I would mention some books on Belgium that you might like to consider reading or gifting.

The Bright Side of Belgium

by Sigrid Vandensavel and Hadewijch Ceulemans (ISBN 978-9460581137)

A lovely photo book that will make you fall in love (if you haven’t already) with some of Belgium’s most beautiful cities and regions, as well as areas of natural beauty. Updated for 2017, it covers architecture, art, cuisine, fashion and design, plus tips on where to eat and stay.

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The 500 Hidden Secrets of Antwerp

by Derek Blyth (ISBN 978-9460581106)

Derek Blyth turns his attention and literary skills on Antwerp, discovering and sharing useful, informative, strange or simply bizarre best-kept (until now) secrets of Antwerp. Essential if you want to avoid the usual tourist sights of this fascinating city.

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Belgium Et Cetera

by The Cartoonist and Gilles Dal (ISBN 978-9461315014)

Subtitled “1830-2030 in press cartoons”, it’s an irreverent look at a multitude of aspects of Belgian life through cartoons on politics, royalty, art, culture, sport etc., but also contains a wealth of more serious information on Belgium’s history.

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King Leopold’s Ghost

by Adam Hochshild (978-1447211358)

An eye-opening account of the atrocities committed in the Congo in search of rubber: what Joseph Conrad described as “the vilest scramble for loot that ever disfigured the history of human conscience.” Essential reading for anyone interested in the history of Belgium.

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Silent Fields

by Bart Heirweg (978-9401409582)

Beautiful, evocative and moving photographs of the landscape of the part of Flanders that was most affected by the First World War. I especially love his early morning and late evening shots.

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Ardennes 1944: Hitler’s Last Gamble

by Antony Beevor (978-0241975152)

I haven’t read this, but I thought the author’s “Stalingrad” and “Berlin” were excellent so it’s about time I did! It covers Hitler’s Ardennes offensive, which involved more than a million men, and turned into one of the key battles of the Second World War. (P.S. Beevor’s books don’t work well as eBooks as the many maps are not clearly visible).

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Happy Reading … and I hope to see you over at Denzil TheBookOwl!

34 comments on “Books about Belgium. And my new blog

  1. congrats on your new endeavor and i’ve just followed ) beth

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  2. Congratulations Denzil, warmest wishes to you on your new blog. Heading across there now.

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  3. I noticed the Owl last week, sounds good, best of luck with it Denzil.

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  4. I can barely keep up with one blog. Way to go Denzil…congratulations!

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  5. Thanks for telling us about Book Owl Denzil. I signed up immediately, love your writing.

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  6. Great idea, I’m in.

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  7. Thanks for the list. I’ve bookmarked it for reading.

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  8. Just popped over for a look!

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  9. Great list, Denzil. The first one would be great for visitors.

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  10. Nice! See you at your other blog, too!

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  11. Thanks for the reviews. I’ve signed up for “The Book Owl.”

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  12. Nice selection, Denzil. Hopping over to your other blog now!

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  13. I read “Stalingrad” by Antony Beevor and loved it. Great call on this recommendation. Thanks!

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  14. What an interesting collection of books about Belgium, from those that praise its beauty to those that remind of its past brutality. Leopold’s at least.

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    • Thanks Sharon, yes there is something for everyone there, I believe

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      • BTW, a wonderful undertaking with your new blog, Denzil. I don’t know how you can manage two blogs – I can barely keep up with one!

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        • I think it’s inevitable that Discovering Belgium will suffer, Sharon, especially in the early weeks/months of my new one. But sometimes it’s good to start something new and even bring something else to closure. Not that I am thinking of stopping DB, but I’ve been doing it for 8 years now, and sometimes I feel like an unpaid Belgian tourist office, receiving virtually no support from the official tourist channels in this country. You wouldn’t believe how many times I have asked for information or photos or suggested some sort of cooperation, only to feel like I am banging my head against a wall. Anyway, rant over … for the time being.

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          • They should put you on the payroll, noting all the good you do to promote Belgium. Before I started following your blog, I had no idea how incredibly beautiful your country is. But bureaucrats – meh!

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