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She became an MP - even with that hair, Lady Astor

Advantages: Well-written, extremely interesting, and the author comes across as genuinely likeable
Disadvantages: None

Who could resist a title like that? And is this a former librarian or someone like that? The answer is no. The book So why the title? Shirley Catlin, as she was born in 1930, tells us in the early pages of this memoir that during her childhood her ...

JOHNV 25.11.2009 · Read full review
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Review of Climbing the Bookshelves: The Autobiography of Shirley Williams - Shirley Williams

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A woman who likes a challenge

Advantages: Brilliant title, a very interesting memoir of a life in politics
Disadvantages: She's a Liberal Democrat!; there are places I would have liked to know more

Now in her 80s, a British politician looks back over her long political career. Shirley Williams is perhaps most famous for being one of the Gang of Four, a group of MPs who broke away from the Labour Party in 1981 to found the Social Democratic Party ...

elkiedee 24.06.2010 · Read full review
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Review of Climbing the Bookshelves: The Autobiography of Shirley Williams - Shirley Williams

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Anne in the Tower

Advantages: Well written, accessible style, exciting story
Disadvantages: None

The Lady in the Tower by Alison Weir bears the subtitle "The Fall of Anne Boleyn", which tells you just about everything you need to know about the book. Assuming you know Alison Weir is a historian, you will then be able to surmise that this is a histori ...

eilidhcatriona 14.11.2012 · Read full review
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Review of The Lady in the Tower: The Fall of Anne Boleyn - Alison Weir

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The Lady in the Tower: Alison Weir at her best

Advantages: informative, interesting
Disadvantages: some might find it a little too biographical

...This, in my opinion, is Alison Weir's strongest book so far. In 'The Lady in the Tower' Weir researches the fate of Anne Boleyn, and attempts to answer the big question of whether or not she was indeed guilty. She looks into dates of Anne's supposed i ...

chuckabiddy 04.06.2011 · Read full review
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Review of The Lady in the Tower: The Fall of Anne Boleyn - Alison Weir

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1066 and before that

Advantages: Excellent historical biography of Harold Godwineson
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...Some years ago now I read a historical novel called Harold the King by Helen Hollick, telling the story of the final few years of Harold Godwineson aka King Harold, which had a profound effect on me. Even though I knew how the story was going to end, I fi ...

ladybracknell 28.02.2012 · Read full review
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Review of Harold, The Last Anglo-Saxon King - Ian W. Walker

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