Mrs. A. Bradney-smith

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The Life and Death of Mary Wollstonecraft. by Claire Tomalin
4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Two sides to the coin, 25 May 2011
Claire Tomalin's enthralling and very detailed (occasionally slightly too detailed) biography of the life of Mary Wollstonecraft is a masterly piece of research and reveals a surprisingly conservative side to this early and most influential feminist writer. The political and social upheaval during Wollstonecraft's lifetime produced a surge of interest in the prevailing male-centred conduct books. In response, an increasing number of writers, many of whom were women, protested against the inequities of British patriarchal society and the lack of proper educational opportunities for women. Tomalin's biography gives a very clear description of this background and includes information about… Read more
Nature's Engraver: A Life of Thomas Bewick by Jenny Uglow
5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
For anyone interested in the English countryside two hundred or so years ago, or British bird life, or pen and ink drawings, or the types of pictures that the Brontes and other students of art studied and copied in the nineteenth century, this book is a must. For everyone else it is simply a delight. Jenny Uglow easy-to-read text is an added bonus.
English Classical Clarinet Concertos ~ Colin Lawson
How wonderful to discover this CD and to hear works for clarinet by 18th century English composers, John Mahon and James Hooke played so competently by Colin Lawon. Incredibly, Mahon's concerto preceded Mozart's sublime K622 by about fifteen years! The CD annotations provide excellent background information.