In 'Charles I: A Political Life', Richard Cust has produced a comprehensive account of Charles' political career. While covering much old ground (this book is partly a synthesis of modern hisoriography), Cust offers a fresh look at Charles' political influences and motives. In particular, the section on Charles as Prince of Wales is partciularly insightful.
Although there is not much competition, this is the finest academic biography of Charles I around.
Despite having a cover that makes it look like a Hello! Magazine annual, this book is incredibly funny and satirical. It is more in the vein of Private Eye (but not quite so smug) than Heat. However, I have spotted quite a few silly mistakes - ages, song-titles etc., that while do not greatly detract from the enjoyment of this book, do suggest sloppiness. Hopefully later editions will have corrected them.
This book is, to quote the author, "hilarious." It is a fascinating and hugely entertaining portrait of the media and its 'victims' from the perspective of Piers Morgan, former editor of the Mirror. It is opinionated, tabloid in style and Iraq-obsessed by the end. However, these are not faults. If Morgan and his paper, the Mirror, were obsessed with the Iraq War, why hide the fact? It is a career memoir not a history book, after all. Don't be put off if you have never read a tabloid paper in your life. As long as you have an interest in current affairs that won't be a problem. Instead laugh at the follies of various B-list celebs, pass judgement when Morgan complains about the invasion… Read more