Non-Fiction

Invisible Women by Caroline Criado-Pérez

Invisible Women by Caroline Criado-Pérez

I saw this book, Invisible Women by Caroline Criado-Pérez – Exposing Data Bias in a World Designed for Men, last year. I wasn’t sure I will enjoy it, because I assumed the author is very much a left-wing feminist and she will not be able […]

England and Europe by Susan Doran

England and Europe by Susan Doran

England and Europe by Susan Doran. This book too is from the Seminar Studies in History collection. After reading a highly biased book by Doran about Elizabeth (link to that book is at the end of this post), I wasn’t sure I would be happy […]

Tudor Rebellions by Anthony Fletcher

Tudor Rebellions by Anthony Fletcher

Tudor Rebellions by Anthony Fletcher, a book in the Seminar Studies In History collection. It is a book for historians, heavy in facts, and thus, quite dry. Definitely not the kind of book you’d see on the bedside table. I wished the book covered the […]

New Worlds, Lost Worlds by Susan Brigden

New Worlds, Lost Worlds by Susan Brigden

New Worlds, Lost Worlds by Susan Brigden – The Rule of the Tudors 1485-1600. It is a good book about the Tudors, starting with Henry VII going all the way to Elizabeth I. From my point of view, she is focusing a bit too much […]

Shakespeare’s London by Stephen Porter

Shakespeare’s London by Stephen Porter

This is the last book I’ve read last year: Shakespeare’s London by Stephen Porter – Everyday Life in London 1580-1616. I had this book in the bookcase, waiting for me to read it and now the moment was right, as it is something I liked […]

The Ascendancy of Europe by Matthew Anderson

The Ascendancy of Europe by Matthew Anderson

The Ascendancy of Europe by Matthew Anderson focuses on the period between 1815-1914. It is a good book and I made a lot of notes from it. While it is a great starter book for the European history of the 19th century, I wouldn’t say […]

30-Second Elements by Eric Scerri

30-Second Elements by Eric Scerri

My husband got this book, 30-Second Elements by Eric Scerri, after visiting the Science Museum in Oxford. It is part of a series of 30 seconds books on a large array of topics, from sciences to arts and humanities. I will read more books from […]

Images of Rule by David J. Howarth

Images of Rule by David J. Howarth

Images of Rule by David J. Howarth – Art and Politics in the English Renaissance, 1485-1649 was on my to-read list for University. It was not a book I would have picked from the library and that would have been a shame. The book is […]

How to Grow Old by John Bishop

How to Grow Old by John Bishop

How to Grow Old by John Bishop – A middle-aged man moaning. I was intrigued to see he is going to publish a book about getting old. He is a comedian and I’ve seen him in TV shows. As he is hilarious, I imagined the […]

Elizabeth I by Wallace MacCaffrey

Elizabeth I by Wallace MacCaffrey

Elizabeth I by Wallace MacCaffrey is an extensive biography. At over 400 pages, the book is not exactly short, but it does make for an easy read. He starts from her childhood and goes all over until her death. I made a lot of notes […]

Elizabeth I by Christopher Haigh

Elizabeth I by Christopher Haigh

Elizabeth I by Christopher Haigh is the second book I read by him, first being English Reformations (see review linked at the end of the post). He says that this book is not a biography as it deals with different aspects of her reign, but […]

Mary Tudor by Judith Richards

Mary Tudor by Judith Richards

Mary Tudor by Judith Richards is a Routledge Historical Biography I have on my recommended reading list for British History, year 1. Even today Mary Tudor is often described as an embittered Queen, who tried unsuccessfully to restore the Catholic Church and who sent many […]

The Mid-Tudor Crisis by David Loades

The Mid-Tudor Crisis by David Loades

The Mid-Tudor Crisis by David Loades. He focuses on the period between 1545 and 1565 and he questions if there really was a crisis in that period or is viewed like this due to hindsight and, even more, due to Elizabethan propaganda. I’ve enjoyed his […]

Nine Pints by Rose George

Nine Pints by Rose George

Nine Pints by Rose George might sound like a book about pubs, until you read the subtitle: A Journey Through the Mysterious, Miraculous World of Blood. The book is called Nine Pints because this is, roughly, as much as we have. It is such a […]

We Are the Weather by Jonathan Safran Foer

We Are the Weather by Jonathan Safran Foer

We Are the Weather by Jonathan Safran Foer – Saving the Planet Begins at Breakfast. The whole concept of the book is that, despite being made aware by countless scientists, most of us live as if we were climate change deniers because we fail to […]

21 Lessons for the 21st Century by Yuval Noah Harari

21 Lessons for the 21st Century by Yuval Noah Harari

21 Lessons for the 21st Century by Yuval Noah Harari is the third book I read by Harari. As with the other two, I rate this highly as well. If you are familiar with his views, you might expect that he would touch on the […]