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Diamond review  This charming man

Advantages: Fascinating glimpse into the life and times of one of Britain's more attractive monarchs
Disadvantages: None

When I think back, I wasn’t taught much at school about Charles II. The curriculum covered the essentials such as the Restoration, the Plague, the Great Fire of London and touched briefly on his amorous nature without going into specifics but I really ...

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Review of King Charles II - Antonia Fraser

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His last duchess

Advantages: Interesting information about life in the 14th century.
Disadvantages: Very little proven fact about Katherine Swynford and a great deal of supposition

...One of my all time favourite books is a novel written way back in the Fifties by Anya Seton about the life of Katherine Swynford who became first the mistress and later the third wife of John of Gaunt. The perceived wisdom at the time Anya Seton's novel ...

ladybracknell 19.06.2011 · Read full review
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Review of Katherine Swynford - Alison Weir

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Scandal

Advantages: Well researched biography
Disadvantages: Some gaps due to time period

...As a big history fan I enjoy reading historical biographies, particularly of women. The Tudor period is my favorite but I was also keen to learn about the Plantagenet that preceded them and one of the key characters is Katherine Swynford. Hence this bio, ...

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Review of Katherine Swynford - Alison Weir

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Is cooking really the new rock'n'roll?

Advantages: Funny, incisive and refreshingly honest
Disadvantages: Might put some people off eating out

A couple of years ago we were told that cooking was the new rock'n'roll. If Anthony Bourdain is to be believed, it's the new punk - it's in your face, sharp as a Sabatier knife and it makes no apologies. "Kitchen Confidential: Adventures in the Culinary U ...

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Review of Kitchen Confidential - Anthony Bourdain

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Sex and Drugs and Food

Advantages: Fabulous read
Disadvantages: Think carefully about what and where you eat

Anthony Bourdain is a chef of some note, apparently, but I have to admit until I read this book, a series of biographical vignettes more than a day by day, year by year biography, I hadn’t come across him (Not that I move in many of the circles outlined h ...

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Review of Kitchen Confidential - Anthony Bourdain

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