Non-Fiction

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 […]

The Reign of Henry VIII by David Starkey

The Reign of Henry VIII by David Starkey

The Reign of Henry VIII by David Starkey – Personalities and Politics might be a short book, but it offers an interesting perspective on the politics of Henry VIII’s reign. I can’t say that I share his views on how much impact the factions had […]

Henry VIII by Lucy Wooding

Henry VIII by Lucy Wooding

Henry VIII by Lucy Wooding is one of the books I was recommended for my studies. I loved her writing style and her ideas are new, as she looks at Henry VIII from a different perspective. Furthermore, she holds lectures on Early Modern History for […]

Henry VII by Sean Cunningham

Henry VII by Sean Cunningham

Henry VII by Sean Cunningham is a biography filled with facts. I’ve enjoyed it a lot, but I wouldn’t necessarily recommend it, unless you are very interested in Henry VII’s reign. The book deals with all his reign, how he ran the government and how […]

The English by Jeremy Paxman

The English by Jeremy Paxman

The English by Jeremy Paxman – A Portrait of a People. The aim of the book was to talk about the English, not the British or Scots, Irish, or Welsh. I got this book from a second hand bookshop, one of two by him, and […]

The Oxford illustrated history of Tudor and Stuart Britain by John Morrill

The Oxford illustrated history of Tudor and Stuart Britain by John Morrill

The Oxford illustrated history of Tudor and Stuart Britain is edited by John Morrill and it is a compilation of chapters on different aspects of that period, each one authored by another historian. I have to say that I didn’t read all the book because […]

History Of British Costume by James Robinson Planché

History Of British Costume by James Robinson Planché

I bought History Of British Costume by James Robinson Planché from a museum gift shop. It was on offer and I couldn’t resist, especially as I love fashion. The book was published in 1834 and that was another reason I wanted to read it. It […]

English Reformations by Christopher Haigh

English Reformations by Christopher Haigh

Judging by the name, English Reformations by Christopher Haigh – Religion, Politics, and Society under the Tudors, doesn’t sound like a terrible exciting book (unless you are studying history). I couldn’t be more wrong. This is such a well written history, very often with funny […]

Elizabeth I and Her Circle by Susan Doran

Elizabeth I and Her Circle by Susan Doran

Elizabeth I and Her Circle by Susan Doran. The book aims to show the inside story of Elizabeth I’s inner circle, including her dealings with her Stewart and Suffolk cousins. I was surprised that the book was so pro-Elizabeth instead of being neutral. I’m going […]

The Magic of Reality by Richard Dawkins

The Magic of Reality by Richard Dawkins

I bought this book, The Magic of Reality by Richard Dawkins: How We Know What’s Really True, in February when I went to London for Darwin Day Lecture. I bought a few books from there and I did read most of them, but I also […]

Tudor England and its Neighbours by Glenn Richardson, Susan Doran

Tudor England and its Neighbours by Glenn Richardson, Susan Doran

This book, Tudor England and its Neighbours by Glenn Richardson, Susan Doran, is one of the books I have on my to-read list from the University. It was a great read, as it offers quite different perspectives. Glenn Richardson and Susan Doran are editors, while […]

Edward VI by Jennifer Loach

Edward VI by Jennifer Loach

The book Edward VI by Jennifer Loach has a very sad story. The author died of cancer before being able to complete the book, so two other historians edited the book using material she prepared. It is also thanks to George Bernard and Penry Williams […]

Fires of faith by Eamon Duffy

Fires of faith by Eamon Duffy

Fires of faith by Eamon Duffy – Catholic England under Mary Tudor is definitely an interesting book to read. It is written by a catholic and presents the history from this point of view. Of course Mary’s reign is presented as bloody from a protestant […]

How the French Won Waterloo by Stephen Clarke

How the French Won Waterloo by Stephen Clarke

How the French Won Waterloo by Stephen Clarke – or Think They Did was published in the 200th Anniversary year of the Battle of Waterloo. It’s the second book I read by Clarke and it will not the last. His style is hilarious, I loved […]