Tag Archives: history

Crow

Crow by Boria Sax
Crow by Boria Sax

by Boria Sax.
Christmas/birthday book tokens.

Review: A fantastic journey through the ways that black birds have crossed paths with their human neighbours spanning history, geography and culture. It’s a great glimpse into our fascination with the corvid family as it covers some science, some myth, some poetry.

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The Essex Serpent

The Essex Serpent by Sarah Perry
The Essex Serpent by Sarah Perry

by Sarah Perry.
Christmas/birthday book tokens.

Review: I have been wanting to read this since I heard it discussed on the radio months ago. It didn’t disappoint. It gives a sense of history, but the characters are really relatable and interesting. It brings together the big sweeping changes (medicine, housing issues, politics) with personal experience.

 

 

The Other Alcott

The Other Alcott by Elise Hooper
The Other Alcott by Elise Hooper

By Elise Hooper. Christmas list again.

Review: This is a brilliant novel following the story of the youngest of the sisters made famous by Louisa M Alcott’s Little Women – Amy March. In real life she was May Alcott and she was an artist who travelled and took lessons. It’s a wonderful story – although that may partly be because I loved the first novel as a child – and made me want to go a study art history.

Book 39: Lady Molly of Scotland Yard

Lady Molly of Scotland Yard by Baroness Orczy
Lady Molly of Scotland Yard by Baroness Orczy

Lady Molly of Scotland Yard by Emmuska Orczy was by way of a treat for myself after reading lots of books suggested by other people. I have been an enduring fan of her Scarlet Pimpernel books for decades (actual decades!). I also like Sherlock Holmes stories  and thought this might be an intriguing mixture. Continue reading Book 39: Lady Molly of Scotland Yard

Book 34: Tamburlaine Must Die

Tamburlaine Must Die by Louise Welsh
Tamburlaine Must Die by Louise Welsh

Tamburlaine Must Die by Louise Welsh was another find foraged from the Oxfam shop. Mostly, because I have been watching Upstart Crow and wondered about the real Kit Marlowe. This is set in the mysterious surroundings of Elizabethan London. Continue reading Book 34: Tamburlaine Must Die

Book 31: Their Finest Hour and a Half

Their Finest Hour and a Half by Lissa Evans
Their Finest Hour and a Half by Lissa Evans

 

A film version of this has recently been released. I’ve only seen the trailers, and I hope the whole film does the book more justice. Their Finest Hour and a Half by Lissa Evans is set in wartime.

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Book 25: Death Comes to Pemberley

Death Come to Pemberley by PD James
Death Come to Pemberley by PD James

 

Death Comes to Pemberley by PD James is the closest I could get to an Austen novel for my trip to Bath. I have read all her books decades ago. I wasn’t certain about a sequel, but I thought I’d give it ago, in the interests of this experiment. I was going to see a friend for her own 40th celebrations.

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Book 22: Beyond Imagination

Beyond Imagination by Victoria Ancona-Vincent
Beyond Imagination by Victoria Ancona-Vincent

 

This small book packs a mighty punch as it is the story of one woman’s experiences as part of the Italian resistance during the second world war. She also spent time in a concentration camp. I bought the book on a visit to the National Holocaust Centre, earlier this year.

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Book 16: Wild Irish Women

Wild Irish Women by Marian Broderick
Wild Irish Women by Marian Broderick

I started reading Wild Irish Women by Marian Broderick when I wasn’t feeling well as it’s in handy chunks of biography. I bought it while on my second birthday holiday to Northern Ireland. I thought it looked like a fantastic souvenir, nearly as good as the whiskey mementoes I had snaffled the previous day.

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