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Great books that combine travel, history and amazing women

A Listmania! list by Karen Melroses (Edinburgh)
 
Austerity Britain 1945-1951
1.  Austerity Britain 1945-1951 by David Kynaston
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  "Only read this last week, but it's a great book with so many memorable voices.  It really evokes an age that I can almost remember."
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Lady Hester
2.  Lady Hester by Lorna Gibb
The list author says:
  "A lovely book to read, almost like a novel.  Hester was a fabulous woman and this book gives insight into some of the historical complexity of the region while allowing us to share in her adventures."
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The Last Mughal: The Fall of a Dynasty, Delhi, 1857
3.  The Last Mughal: The Fall of a Dynasty, Delhi, 1857 by William Dalrymple
The list author says:
  "Dramatic and captivating, you really feel you're there."
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By Permission Of Heaven: The Story of the Great Fire of London
4.  By Permission Of Heaven: The Story of the Great Fire of London by Adrian Tinniswood
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  "Sorts out lots of misconceptions about this event and has relevance to the rise of fundamentalism today"
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Unnatural Murder: Poison In The Court Of James I: The Overbury Murder
5.  Unnatural Murder: Poison In The Court Of James I: The Overbury Murder by Anne Somerset
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  "Scandal and intrigue in an often ignored period"
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Freya Stark: Passionate Nomad
6.  Freya Stark: Passionate Nomad by Jane Fletcher Geniesse
The list author says:
  "Still the best bio around on Freya Stark, captures some of the essence of her travels as well as her incredible life"
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Dark Star Safari: Overland from Cairo to Cape Town
7.  Dark Star Safari: Overland from Cairo to Cape Town by Paul Theroux
The list author says:
  "My favourite book by Theroux.  Through desert and bush with style and substance."
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Obsessive Genius: The Inner World of Marie Curie: Marie Curie, a Life in Science
8.  Obsessive Genius: The Inner World of Marie Curie: Marie Curie, a Life in Science by Barbara Goldsmith
The list author says:
  "A scholarly approach that still allows us to enjoy this great woman's achievments"
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Byron: Life and Legend
9.  Byron: Life and Legend by Fiona MacCarthy
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  "Far, far better than any of its predecessors. Beautifully written with lots of new facts"
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Orientalism
10.  Orientalism by Edward W. Said
The list author says:
  "So glad this seminal, important book is now a classic.  Everyone should read it."
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