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The Painted Lady by Maeve Haran
The Painted Lady by Maeve Haran
I love historical novels but I've spent a bit too much time in medieval and Tudor England recently, so I was very glad to visit the mid 17th century court of King Charles II with this one.
And because it's peopled almost entirely with real-life characters - the 'painted lady' is Frances Stuart, famous for being just about the only woman at court who refused to sleep with the king - you can use the internet to look up all the Lely portraits as they're mentioned in the book.
I actually found this much more enjoyable than the book itself. All the notorious characters you'd expect are in it, people like Barbara Castlemaine and the Earl of Rochester, and of course there's the plague… Read more
The Misbegotten by Katherine Webb
The Misbegotten by Katherine Webb
4.0 out of 5 stars Slow but solid, 11 Sep 2014
Sometimes I just want to relax with an easy read, and this slow but solid story was just the thing to see me through a housebound weekend.
It could have been darker and sharper (and shorter) in places, but this tale of early 19th century goings-on in a mysterious household is a compelling one, with gothic touches reminiscent of Jane Eyre and Daphne du Maurier. But the tone is more realistic than romantic, with the convincing female characters neatly demonstrating how few life choices women had at the time. The detailed depiction of the seamier side of life in regency Bath is very different from anything you'll find in Austen or Heyer, and the flashback scenes of war-torn Spain and… Read more
A Story Lately Told: Coming of Age in London, Irel&hellip by Anjelica Huston
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
I usually avoid celeb biographies but this looked promising: you'd expect the actress/model daughter of legendary film director John Huston to have some colourful tales to tell, and it's had good reviews.
This is the first book in what looks like a series, and deals with the philandering, self-obsessed lifestyles of her extraordinary parents and their wealthy and arty friends, which resulted in a childhood of benign neglect in a grand house in rural Ireland. When they split up she moves to London, and then to L.A. in 1973 after her mother's death.
It's an easy read and she can certainly write, but I was disappointed: it's not one of those tell-all, gossipy memoirs that sets out to… Read more