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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 ...

JOHNV 13.07.2014 · Read full review
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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 ...

JOHNV 30.04.2014 · Read full review
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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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A Cher'd success story indeed

Advantages: Very comprehensive account of her 1975 TV variety show
Disadvantages: Not so strong on her latter career [see review]

Having looked at the title and sub-title, the latter being no more than the two-word title of one of her latter-day hits, I assumed this was going to be a fairly comprehensive biography of the American singer. The sub-title, ‘Strong Enough’, taken from on ...

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Review of Cher Strong Enough - Josiah Howard

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