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Great books that combine travel, history and amazing women

Karen Melroses
 
AUSTERITY BRITAIN 1945 - 51
AUSTERITY BRITAIN 1945 - 51
"Only read this last week, but it's a great book with so many memorable voices.  It really evokes an age that I can almost remember."
Lady Hester
Lady Hester
"A lovely book to read, almost like a novel.  Hester was a fabulous woman and this book gives insight into some of the historical complexity of the region while allowing us to share in her adventures."
The Last Mughal: The Fall of a Dynasty, Delhi, 1857
The Last Mughal: The Fall of a Dynasty, Delhi, 1857
"Dramatic and captivating, you really feel you're there."
By Permission Of Heaven: The Story of the Great Fire of London
By Permission Of Heaven: The Story of the Great Fire of London
"Sorts out lots of misconceptions about this event and has relevance to the rise of fundamentalism today"
Unnatural Murder: Poison In The Court Of James I: The Overbury Murder
Unnatural Murder: Poison In The Court Of James I: The Overbury Murder
"Scandal and intrigue in an often ignored period"
Freya Stark: Passionate Nomad
Freya Stark: Passionate Nomad
"Still the best bio around on Freya Stark, captures some of the essence of her travels as well as her incredible life"
Dark Star Safari: Overland from Cairo to Cape Town
Dark Star Safari: Overland from Cairo to Cape Town
"My favourite book by Theroux.  Through desert and bush with style and substance."
Obsessive Genius: The Inner World of Marie Curie: Marie Curie, a Life in Science
Obsessive Genius: The Inner World of Marie Curie: Marie Curie, a Life in Science
"A scholarly approach that still allows us to enjoy this great woman's achievments"
Byron: Life and Legend
Byron: Life and Legend
"Far, far better than any of its predecessors. Beautifully written with lots of new facts"
Orientalism
Orientalism
"So glad this seminal, important book is now a classic.  Everyone should read it."