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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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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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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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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 ...

catsholiday 13.05.2014 · Read full review
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So you want to be a writer? Get drinking

Advantages: Interesting, unusual treatment of an interesting subject
Disadvantages: Rather rambling in places; no index; poor quality illustrations

...Coming from a family with an alcoholic background, Olivia Laing became fascinated by the idea of why and how some of the greatest works of twentieth-century literature were written by those with a drink problem. The list soon became a very long one. Dyl ...

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Review of The Trip to Echo Spring - Olivia Laing

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