If You Like….

As part of the countdown to The Garden Intrigue (we’re practically there!), this is going to be a special, Bonaparte-themed If You Like.

The Garden Intrigue is set largely at Josephine Bonaparte’s country house, Malmaison. (You can see my pictures of Malmaison by scrolling down a bit here.) Various Bonapartes play an active role in the novel.

So, if you like books about the Bonapartes, you’ll probably like….

The Many Lives & Secret Sorrows of Josephine B. by Sandra Gulland;

Désirée by Anne-Marie Selinko (you may have heard me mention this one here a time or ten before);

The Mask of Night by Tracy Grant, in which Hortense de Beauharnais, Napoleon’s stepdaughter (and my favorite Bonaparte) plays a large role.

On the non-fiction front, there are a ridiculous number of books to choose from, including:

— Theo Aronson’s Napoleon and Josephine: A Love Story;

— Evangeline Bruce’s Napoleon And Josephine: An Improbable Marriage;

— Christopher Hibbert’s Napoleon: His Wives and Women;

— Alan Schom’s Napoleon Bonaparte: A Life;

— Carolly Erickson’s Josephine: A Life of the Empress;

— Eleanor DeLorme’s Josephine: Napoleon’s Incomparable Empress;

— Andrea Stuart’s The Rose of Martinique: A Life of Napoleon’s Josephine;

— and Flora Fraser’s recent biography of Napoleon’s scandalous sister, Pauline Bonaparte: Venus of Empire.

What Bonaparte-based books would you recommend?


  1. jeffrey on February 13, 2012 at 10:09 am

    Lauren: Your descriptions of the landscapes of Malmaison are intensely visual, dreamy,and romantic. (have you taken a cue from the divine Miss Austen??) JA and Thomas Hardy are almost without peer when it comes to panoramas and landscape descriptions.

  2. SusanN on February 14, 2012 at 2:06 pm

    Thanks for the reccies, especially the non-fiction. I’ll definitely check some of them out (starting w/ the Hibbert–his book on the Mutiny is one of my favorites).

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