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Bess of Hardwick, and the family who adapted rather than died

Advantages: Interesting, readable and comprehensive family biography
Disadvantages: A little dry at times

The Devonshires According to the blurb on the back of this book, ‘the story of the Devonshires is the story of Britain’. That’s an extravagant claim, but it contains more than a germ of truth. Certainly one would be hard-pushed to find an aristoc ...

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Review of The Devonshires The Story of a Family and a Nation - Roy Hattersley

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Some insight into the man behind Mrs Brown

Advantages: Interesting read, ideal read for the summer, lots of information about Brendan O'Carroll's life
Disadvantages: I did find the comparisons between Brendan's life and Mrs Brown slightly annoying after a while

Being a big fan of the Mrs. Brown’s Boys TV show I had been wanting to read this book since I first seen it for sale last December.  However, I felt the price was a little excessive (the Kindle version was close to £10), so I decided to wait until the pri ...

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Review of The Real Mrs Brown - Brian Beacom

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~ * So Much History, Not Enough Depth * ~

Advantages: Good if you like Kim
Disadvantages: Not enough gossip, doesn't go into too much depth

...I have just finished reading Kimberley from Girls Aloud’s autobiography; A Whole Lotta History, which is cleverly named after a line from a Girls Aloud song called ‘A Whole Lotta History’. The book was released in the United Kingdom in 2013. The hardback ...

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The shadow that fell across a family

Advantages: Well-researched poignant portrait of the family and their doom
Disadvantages: None for anyone interested in the subject

A few years ago, Helen Rappaport wrote and published ‘Ekaterinburg’, a painstaking, chilling account of the final days and death of the last Tsar of Russia and his family. To a certain extent this biography is a prequel to that volume, an account of the ...

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Review of Four Sisters The Lost Lives of the Romanov Grand Duchesses - Helen Rappaport

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True and shocking

Advantages: Interesting, shocking and true
Disadvantages: That the story had to be told at all

Twelve Years A Slave – Solomon Northup "I can speak of Slavery only so far as it came under my own observation—only so far as I have known and experienced it in my own person. My object is, to give a candid and truthful statement of facts: to repeat the ...

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Review of Twelve Years A Slave - Solomon Northup

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