‘Alias Grace’ and the Concept of the Fallen Woman

Any reader of Victorian literature, or any student of the history of the period, will be aware of the concept of the fallen woman. If not, the Wikipedia page is a good place to start. It's a depressingly detailed page. For an era in which society began to move away from the government of Christianity… Continue reading ‘Alias Grace’ and the Concept of the Fallen Woman

The Fortune Hunter by Daisy Goodwin

Having recently read Empress of the Night: A Novel of Catherine the Great and not having read My Last Duchess (Daisy Goodwin's first novel), I was not sure what to expect with The Fortune Hunter. The blurb promised the unhappy glamour of the life of Sisi, Empress of Austria, coupled with the excitement of English fox… Continue reading The Fortune Hunter by Daisy Goodwin

Kipling and Trix by Mary Hamer (2012)

The premise for this novel is simple - that the story of Rudyard Kipling's sister Trix is fascinating. Who even knew he had a sister, the blurb exclaims. Author Mary Hamer wrote a blog post for me about why she chose to write about Trix (read it here) and I loved the idea of exploring… Continue reading Kipling and Trix by Mary Hamer (2012)

Best of 2012: The Pleasures of Men by Kate Williams

The Pleasures of Men was one of the few books this year I actually bought of my own volition, having been too late for the review copies. It appealed to me so much that I wanted to read and review it regardless of its publication date and press campaign. The cover was what struck me… Continue reading Best of 2012: The Pleasures of Men by Kate Williams

Notes: Tom-All-Alone’s by Lynn Shepherd

Tom-All-Alone's caused a lot of (positive) fuss when it came out earlier this year, but I don't really have a good reason for not having read it before now, except that its association with Charles Dickens seemed to be a big selling point and I have honestly never been a fan of Dickens. I know, I… Continue reading Notes: Tom-All-Alone’s by Lynn Shepherd

The Pleasures of Men by Kate Williams

Another great book by a graduate of and now lecturer at Royal Holloway (where I went). Must be something in the water... I'd been eyeing this book for a while on Amazon and GoodReads, and finally bought a copy in Waterstones. As a huge fan of Sarah Waters and a good unreliable narrator, this is just… Continue reading The Pleasures of Men by Kate Williams