Viceroy’s House

Viceroy’s House

In April I went to the cinema to see Viceroy’s House and it immediately made me want to read more about the history of the…

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Mistresses of Cliveden

Mistresses of Cliveden

I was fortunate enough to spend a night at Cliveden in March with my partner, wandering the grounds, tackling the maze, drinking cocktails, eating a…

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Heatherley

Heatherley

Heatherley by Flora Thompson is the ‘lost sequel’ to Lark Rise to Candleford and I’m really surprised it is not better known. Having moved to…

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Elizabeth and her German garden

Elizabeth and her German garden

On Radio 4 one evening I caught a few minutes of A Book at Bedtime and it was so simple, poetic and charming, I immediately…

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The Viceroy’s daughters

The Viceroy’s daughters

I decided to read The Viceroy’s Daughters by Anne de Courcy on holiday in Egypt, having previously enjoyed her book The Fishing Fleet and being generally interested…

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Black diamonds

Black diamonds

For Christmas my sister gave me, amongst other lovely things, Black diamonds: the rise and fall of an English dynasty by Catherine Bailey. I only got…

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The Dig Tree

The Dig Tree

When I got back from Australia in mid January I hadn’t had enough of reading about the country (see my blogs on A Town Like…

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The Thirties: an intimate history

The Thirties: an intimate history

I am fascinated by the 1930s as I’ve been going through many family letters, documents and photographs to learn more about the lives of my…

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With Alex at War

With Alex at War

My grandfather, currently aged 97, was on the planning staff for the invasion of Sicily with General Alexander so I was fascinated to read With…

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The second world war

The second world war

I’ve just finished reading the excellent The Second World War by Anthony Beevor. What a task to try to do justice to a conflict that…

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