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The Five by Hallie Rubenhold

The Five by Hallie Rubenhold

I was intrigued by The Five by Hallie Rubenhold, a book that has the subtitle: The Untold Lives of the Women Killed by Jack the Ripper. Before reading the book I didn’t know anything about them, not even their names. The only things all five […]

The boy who followed his father into Auschwitz by Jeremy Dronfield

The boy who followed his father into Auschwitz by Jeremy Dronfield

The boy who followed his father into Auschwitz by Jeremy Dronfield is a true story, non-fiction book about a son and a father living in concentration camps during the Holocaust. I’ve been reading quite a few books about the Holocaust and this one is one […]

Salt: A World History by Mark Kurlansky

Salt: A World History by Mark Kurlansky

Salt: A World History by Mark Kurlansky… a history of salt in 400+ pages? Seem a bit too much, but it’s not. Salt is fascinating, its history and there are a lot of recipes too. I have to confess I skipped the meat-based recipes as […]

The Time Traveller’s Guide to Elizabethan England by Ian Mortimer

The Time Traveller’s Guide to Elizabethan England by Ian Mortimer

The Time Traveller’s Guide to Elizabethan England by Ian Mortimer is a fantastic book. I’ve enjoyed it as much as I’ve enjoyed the first book in the series, about time travelling to Medieval England. The way he presents the ideas is funny, but also easy […]

Erebus by Michael Palin

Erebus by Michael Palin

Erebus by Michael Palin – The Story of a Ship. It is a book about, in theory, a ship. In practice is a mix of details about the ship and its voyages and, also, descriptions of things that have nothing in common with the ship. […]

Wild Swans: Three Daughters of China by Jung Chang

Wild Swans: Three Daughters of China by Jung Chang

Wild Swans: Three Daughters of China by Jung Chang is the true story of three amazing women, the grandmother, mother, and daughter. I decided to choose history as a category for this book because despite it being personal, it shows a lot of the Chinese […]

Queen Elizabeth II: Her Life in Our Times by Sarah Bradford

Queen Elizabeth II: Her Life in Our Times by Sarah Bradford

I did like the sound of the book Queen Elizabeth II: Her Life in Our Times by Sarah Bradford, and, luckily, I could borrow it from the library. I think the book was lovely, but I gave it only 3.5 stars because I wanted to […]

1000 Years of Annoying the French by Stephen Clarke

1000 Years of Annoying the French by Stephen Clarke

“You should not judge a book by its cover” is well known, but what about a title? 1000 Years of Annoying the French by Stephen Clarke sounded too funny not to borrow it from the library. I loved this book! It’s hilarious. I’m going to […]

Sapiens by Yuval Noah Harari

Sapiens by Yuval Noah Harari

Sapiens by Yuval Noah Harari – A Brief History of Humankind. This is a remarkable book, I absolutely loved it. So much that while I was reading it, I stopped, went online and bought his next books, Homo Deus and 21 Lessons for the 21st […]

The Time Traveller’s Guide to Medieval England by Ian Mortimer

The Time Traveller’s Guide to Medieval England by Ian Mortimer

The Time Traveller’s Guide to Medieval England by Ian Mortimer is, as the subtitle suggests: A Handbook for Visitors to the Fourteenth Century. It is the first book in the Time Traveller’s Guides series. The book does what it says in the blurb: “Imagine you […]

Mad Dogs And Englishmen by Ranulph Fiennes

Mad Dogs And Englishmen by Ranulph Fiennes

Mad Dogs And Englishmen by Ranulph Fiennes – An Expedition Round My Family. I saw a review for this book on Goodreads, written by Angela from gardenteacakesandme and I wanted to read it. It’s not a book I would have picked from the library/book shop […]

A Daughter’s Love by John Guy

A Daughter’s Love by John Guy

A Daughter’s Love by John Guy is a book about Thomas More and his eldest daughter, Margaret. Sir Thomas More’s life is well known, he opposed Henry VIII’s marriage to Anne Boleyn, was arrested, and executed. Margaret, his daughter, played a role in history, but […]

A Lab of One’s Own by Patricia Fara

A Lab of One’s Own by Patricia Fara

I bought A Lab of One’s Own by Patricia Fara after attending a seminar held by her. She has a lovely style of presenting and I did enjoy the seminar a lot. I had to take advantage and get a signed copy of the book. […]

In a Free Republic by Alison Plowden

In a Free Republic by Alison Plowden

In a Free Republic by Alison Plowden, is the last book Plowden published. One of the things that made me want to read this book was the name: “In a Free Republic”. It was something that made me curious, considering that the people during commonwealth […]

Great War Britain by Pamela Russell. Liverpool: Remembering 1914-18

Great War Britain by Pamela Russell. Liverpool: Remembering 1914-18

Great War Britain by Pamela Russell. Liverpool – Remembering 1914-18. I took this book from the library because I was curious about it. I like the way it was made, with lots of relevant pictures and beautiful decorated pages. Despite this I didn’t have high […]

Black Tudors by Miranda Kaufmann

Black Tudors by Miranda Kaufmann

Black Tudors by Miranda Kaufmann – The Untold Story. I got this book from the library after hearing about it at a seminar on slavery. The book is not about slaves and that is what makes it so different. I’ve enjoyed it, although the author […]