My reading has been heavy on the non-fiction recently, but here’s the latest haul:
— Rhys Bowen, Her Royal Spyness.
Why did it take me so long to read this? Several of you here on this page have recommended this before– and you were oh so right. A sprightly, 1930’s-set mystery that reminds me a lot, in tone if not in time period, of my much-loved Dorothy Cannell mysteries.
— Juliet Nicolson, The Great Silence.
Social history is hard to do properly. Juliet Nicolson hits it out of the park. The subtitle is “Britain from the Shadow of the First World War to the Dawn of the Jazz Age” and that about sums it up. This beautifully written monograph looks at the immediate impact of the Great War in the months that followed the Armistice.
Talk about your romance novel heroes in training! I’ve always loved biography as both a study in character and as a means of seeing an era through the eyes of an individual actor and this is a particularly good one on both scores. I also have to wonder whether Finch-Hatton played any role in the creation of M.M. Kaye’s Rory Frost. There’s just something so familiar there….
I am feeling homesick for fiction! What have you been reading?