Teresa Gamble

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Jane Austen and Names by Maggie Lane
Jane Austen and Names by Maggie Lane
Now I know the ingredients of the white soup that was a must for the hoped for ball at Netherfield in "Pride and Prejudice" and much else about the food of the period. Maggie Lane cleverly demonstrates the way their food choices reveal the characters - aplple tarts for the hospitable beyond their slender means Bateses and the thin gruel and very lightly boiled eggs for nervous, hypachondriacal Mr Wodehouse in "Emma". Even more interesting is her account of the times of day at which people than took their meals and how these reflect nuances of social status, all of which was new to me. It certainly sent me back to the nvel with fresh insights.
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The Trigger: Hunting the Assassin Who Brought the &hellip by Tim Butcher
2 of 3 people found the following review helpful
"The trigger" was well reviewed and having greatly enjoyed his earlier book about his journey down the Congo river, I had high expectations. I was not disappointed. Poor, naive Gavril Princip was brought vividly to life, but above all it's Tim Butcher;s sense of place that enthralls me.I could smell the memorial to Princip now used asa public latrine and feel the bleakness and ruggedness of the nountainous terrain he had t pass hrough on his route to Saravejo, all reflected in the complexities of Balkan history that are intriguingly analysed. In many ways it reminded me of Patrick Leigh Fermor's "A Time of Gifts" so I would recommend it to anyone who enjoyed that.
Heloise and Abelard: A Twelfth-Century Love Story by Jim Burge
1 of 2 people found the following review helpful
Obviously very well researched and insightful, and the analysis of Heloise is very fascinating. However, I am finding it hard to follow - we seem to go backwards and forwards in time and from one letter to another and then back again. It doesn't read like a great love story though it clearly is and I can see that Jim Burge means it to be. If I hadn't known the outlines of the story already I think I qwould have been pretty confused.

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