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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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Another royal rebel, another 'people's princess'

Advantages: Lively life of a lively, unconventional woman
Disadvantages: Some unfortunate historical howlers

...As a previous biographer dubbed her, Princess Louise was Queen Victoria’s unconventional daughter. Always popular with the public for her comparatively easygoing manner (though, being royal, she was not averse to pulling rank), her forward-looking views ...

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Review of The Mystery of Princess Louise Queen Victoria's Rebellious Daughter - Lucinda Hawksley

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Emma and I

Advantages: Insight into guide dog training, well written, lovely story
Disadvantages: None for me really

My friend lent me this book, and while I don’t normally read books that involve animals (I cried while reading Marley and Me, I have never been able to watch the film) I was reassured that this book was a fantastic read.  There was also a made for tv movi ...

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Review of Emma and I - Sheila Hocken

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Sylvia and the family of protest

Advantages: Very effective biography which keeps the historical background well in focus
Disadvantages: None

To some extent, the history of the suffragettes was also the history of the Pankhurst family. Sylvia, born in 1882, was the second daughter of Dr Richard and Emmeline Pankhurst, and one of three sisters. The book At the start we are introduced to ...

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Review of Sylvia Pankhurst The Rebellious Suffragette - Shirley Harrison

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Try anything once - except incest and Morris Dancing

Advantages: Unique and beautifully written
Disadvantages: Sickening content

The Sins of the Father ‘The Kiss - A Secret Life’ by Kathryn Harrison is one of the most disturbing books I’ve ever read; one that made me feel really ‘icky’ from cover to cover but one that I couldn't put down once I'd started. I did know what I was ...

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Review of The Kiss A Secret Life - Kathryn Harrison

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