Historical Controversies and Historians by William Lamont

Historical Controversies and Historians by William Lamont

I started Historical Controversies and Historians by William Lamont a month ago, I stopped reading it during the holidays, but finished it on the first day I “went back” to university, as in, a week before the actual start of the term, when I also…

Life in Miniature by Nicola Lisle

Life in Miniature by Nicola Lisle

I don’t think I can recommend enough Life in Miniature by Nicola Lisle* – A History of Dolls’ Houses. I loved it! It was such a fascinating book. I had no idea, before reading the book, how widespread the doll houses were before the Victorian…

A History of British Baking by Emma Kay

A History of British Baking by Emma Kay

A History of British Baking by Emma Kay* – From Blood Bread to Bake-Off is just the book I wanted to read now, after my last Bake Off bake along. I baked along each year for the last few years, at least one challenge, from…

Forgotten Slave Trade by Simon Webb

Forgotten Slave Trade by Simon Webb

I had high expectations from Forgotten Slave Trade by Simon Webb* – The White European Slaves of Islam – but I had no idea how amazingly interesting it is. If you read only one non-fiction book this year, make it this one. What this book…

Prisoners of Geography by Tim Marshall

Prisoners of Geography by Tim Marshall

I had the Prisoners of Geography by Tim Marshall on my to-read list for a while. I saw the review for it on Kelly’s blog, I’ve decided to reserve the book at the library. The subtitle of the book is Ten Maps That Tell You…

Centuries of Change by Ian Mortimer

Centuries of Change by Ian Mortimer

Centuries of Change by Ian Mortimer – Which Century Saw the Most Change and Why it Matters to Us – sounds like a very interesting book and it was. Each chapter dealt with the changes happening in a century, starting from the 11th. The focus…

The Dark History of Tea by Seren Charrington-Hollins

The Dark History of Tea by Seren Charrington-Hollins

I’ve read a history of salt last year and found it fascinating, so I imagined that The Dark History of Tea by Seren Charrington-Hollins* would be just as interesting. I was right. Unlike salt, where my knowledge prior to reading the book was limited, I…

British Prime Ministers by Robert Parker

British Prime Ministers by Robert Parker

I felt I need to know more about UK’s PMs and so I got the British Prime Ministers by Robert Parker. Parker is an American historian, which makes him a less obvious candidate for writing a book about the British PMs. But he did and…

Instant History by Sandra Lawrence

Instant History by Sandra Lawrence

Instant History by Sandra Lawrence* is a small but informative book from the Instant series. I have three more books from this series to review, including one that I’m reading at the moment, on Engineering. The book is divided into four periods: Early modern period;…

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…

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…

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…

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 www.gardenteacakesandme.co.uk and I wanted to read it. It’s not a book I would have picked from the library/book shop…

A History Of Scotland by Neil Oliver

A History Of Scotland by Neil Oliver

I saw A History Of Scotland by Neil Oliver in the library by chance and I had to borrow it. I didn’t know much about Scotland’s history and it seemed interesting. And, of course, I knew Neil Oliver from Coast. My first disappointment with the…

Crown and Country by David Starkey

Crown and Country by David Starkey

Crown and Country by David Starkey is a history of the Kings and Queens of England. I’ve enjoyed this book a lot, hence giving it 5 stars. Each monarch is presented in a few pages, as one can imagine. Presenting over 1000 years of history…