Helpful votes received on reviews: 93% (13 of 14)
Location: England


Top Reviewer Ranking: 679,337 - Total Helpful Votes: 13 of 14
Serving Victoria: Life in the Royal Household by Kate Hubbard
4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
I considered myself something of an expert on Victoria and Victorian England and now, having read this book, realise that I had missed a key aspect of that period. To wit the character of the principal lady herself and the way she lived.
Now seen for the first time through the eyes of her household, she appears as a spectacularly low-brow woman, with lower-middle-class pretensions and their concomitant sentimental obsessions. And yet ... the transition from the syphilis and gin that marked Georgian England to the prissy Victorian era is clearly a rational progression. When George III lost the Americas it was the beginning of the end. Somehow, during the reign of Victoria, the rot was… Read more
The Spy Who Loved: The secrets and lives of Christ&hellip by Clare Mulley
9 of 10 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A difficult heroine, 14 Feb 2013
The Second World War threw up countless people who thrived in the stress and the unusual topsy-turvey situation of global conflict - they seem to have been born for those difficult circumstances. The subject of this book is clearly one of those people.
Clare Mulley's book, which I came across because of my Mother who knew Krystyna Skarbek (Christine Granville as she became) is a beautifully crafted pen portrait of this extraordinary lady's life and times.
Clearly a difficult woman, Christine shone in the odd world of war and she displayed huge courage along with reckless abandon and a lack of overt fear in the most terrifying situations. The George Medal and Croix de Guerre demand… Read more

Wish List

Local Hero [DVD] <b>DVD</b> ~ Burt Lancaster
Local Hero [DVD] DVD ~ Burt Lancaster