These books haven’t been seen (a few are yet-to-be-released!), but they have caught my attention. Apologies for neglecting this site this long! I WISH I could BUY and READ ever book listed, but the size of my house (I hate parting with books!) and the size of my wallet both limit the first, and the first limits the second. Sometimes I still live in hopes of obtaining these books – only I’m slow at doing so!
Readers: what books are you dying to read?
Writers: tell readers what new is due out!
Summer 2015 – as always, in no particular order
Devon Cox, The Street of Wonderful Possibilities: Whistler, Wilde and Sargent in Tite Street (Francis Lincoln, 2015) – I always love a good “micro-history”
Natalie Livingstone, The Mistresses of Cliveden: Three Centuries of Scandal, Power and Intrigue in an English Family Home (Hutchinson) – Interesting and well-written or sensationalistic and tabloid-press-like? HUGE book: over 500 pages (and I love them BIG!)
Kildare Bourke-Borrowes, Lady Mayo’s Garden: the Diary of a Lost 19th Century Irish Landscape (Double-Barrelled Books, 2014) – I have this book: fabulous illustrations and a tantalizing back-story. More about this title later
Helen Azar and Nicholas Nicholson, Tatiana Romanov, Daughter of the Last Tsar: Diaries and Letters, 1913-1918 [English translation] (Westholme, 2015) – Azar has been active in translating primary materials of the Romanov daughters, including a 1913 journal of Olga, the eldest (note: an alternative edition for Olga’s diary is by Marina Petrov)
Coryne Hall, Princesses on the Wards: Royal Women in Nursing through Wars and Revolutions (The History Press, 2014)
Alan Titchmarch, The Queen’s Houses: Royal Britain at Home (BBC Books, 2015)
Geraldine Roberts, The Angel and the Cad: Love, Loss and Scandal in Regency England (Macmillan, 2015)
Matthew Dennison, Behind the Mask: The Life of Vita Sackville-West (St. Martin’s, 2015) – hmmm… same author had a biography of Queen Victoria last summer. HIGHLY Prolific author; or…?
G.E. Bentley, Jr., The Edwardses of Halifax: The Making and Selling of Beautiful Books in London and Halifax, 1749-1826 (U Toronto, 2015)
Barry Shurlock, The Speaker’s Chaplain & the Master’s Daughter: A Georgian Family & Friends (Scholarly Sources, 2015) – I HAVE this book, ordered through the Winchester booksellers, P&G Wells. More about this title soon
Charles Bazalgette, Prinny’s Taylor: The Life and Times of Louis Bazalgette (1750-1830) (kindle, 2015; due soon in print format). Looking forward to the print release!
Anthony Burton, Thomas Telford: Master Builder of Roads and Canals (Pen and Sword, 2015)
Chris Laoutaris, Shakespeare and the Countess: The Battle that gave birth to The Globe (Pegasus, 2015) – yeah, not Georgian or Victorian, but it’s Shakespeare and “Theatre”; can’t resist including here
Francis Haskell, The King’s Pictures: The Formation and Dispersal of the Collections of Charles I and his Courtiers (Paul Mellon Center, 2013) – a tale about the “greatest paintings in today’s most famous museums”; can’t resist that either
Mike Rendell, An Illustrated Introduction to The Georgians (Amberley, 2015) – slim (only 96 pages), but love Amberley’s books and have Mike’s earlier book, The Georgian Gentleman: The Life and Times of Richard Hall, 1729-1801
Sue Wilkes, A Visitor’s Guide to Jane Austen’s England (Pen and Sword, 2014)
Clare Broome Saunders, Louisa Stuart Costello: A Nineteenth Century Writing Life (Palgrave Macmillan, 2015) – expensive! one to look for in the library, I’m afraid. Seeing some of Costello’s titles, I’d be interested to read more about her
Summer 2014 – and in no particular order
James Anderson Winn, Queen Anne: Patroness of Arts (OUP, 2014)
Deirdre Le Faye, Jane Austen’s Country Life (Frances Lincoln, 2014); well-illustrated; sadly lacking in citations / sources – and a short index.
Margery M. Heffron (edited by David Michelmore), Louisa Catherine: The Other Mrs. Adams (Yale, 2014). My worse fear: dying before my research hits the bookstores. Margery Heffron’s biography of the English-born Mrs John Quincy Adams was cut short, but what got written (and published) is now out.
Margaret A. Hogan & C. James Taylor, A Traveled First Lady: Writings of Louisa Catherine Adams (Massachusetts Historical Society, 2014). A great companion book to Heffron’s biography; rather a coincidence: two books on the same subject appearing about the same time.
Matthew Dennison, Queen Victoria: A Life of Contradictions (St. Martin’s Press, 2014)
Helen Rappaport, The Romanov Sisters: The Lost Lives of the Daughters of Nicholas and Alexandra (St. Martin’s Press, 2014)
Jeffrey W. Barbeau, Sara Coleridge: Her Life and Thought (Palgrave Macmillan, 2014)
Robin Haig, Knight Errant: Lord Craven and the Court of the Queen of Bohemia (Fonthill Media, 2014)
Valerie Grove, The Lives and Loves of Laurie Lee (kindle, 2014)
Jonathan Rose, The Literary Churchill: Author, Reader, Actor (Yale, 2014)
Paula Byrne, Belle: The Slave Daughter and the Lord Chief Justice (Perennial, 2014) – a mere movie tie-in?
World War I
David Slattery-Christy, Mildred on the Marne: Mildred Aldrich, Front-Line Witness, 1914-1918 (Spellmount, 2014)
Chip Bishop, Quentin and Flora: a Roosevelt and a Vanderbilt in Love during the Great War (CreateSpace, 2014)
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An older list, first used to start off this page…
Karen Harvey, The Little Republic: Masculinity and Domestic Authority in Eighteen-Century Britain (OUP, 2012)
Stephen Taylor, Commander: The Life and Exploits of Britain’s Greatest Frigate Captain (W.W. Norton, 2012)
Janet Hilderley, Mrs Catherine Gladstone: ‘A Woman Not Quite of Her Time’ (Alpha, 2013)
Dorothy De Val, In Search of Song: The Life and Times of Lucy Broadwood (Ashgate, 2013)
John Mullen, What Matters in Jane Austen? Twenty Crucial Puzzles Solved (Bloomsbury, 2013)
Rodney Bolt, The Impossible Life of Mary Benson: The Extraordinary Story of a Victorian Wife (Atlantic, 2013)
Margaret Bird (ed), The Diary of Mary Hardy: 1773-1809 (4 volumes ; 4 volumes of commentary [TBA]; additional diary volume) (Burnham, 2013); short review on this website; quick YouTube peek at volume one
Matthew Kadane (ed), The Watchful Clothier: The Life of an Eighteenth-Century Protestant Capitalist (Yale, 2013)
James T. Boulton and T.O. McLoughlin (eds), News from Abroad: Letters Written by British Travellers on the Grand Tour, 1728-71 (Liverpool UP, 2013)
World War II
Deirdre David, Olivia Manning: A Woman at War (OUP, 2013)
Patricia Malcolmson & Robert Malcolmson, The Diaries of Nella Last: Writing in War and Peace (Profile, 2013)