January 14, 2020

BOOK REVIEW: Jane Austen at Home by Lucy Worsley

On the 200th anniversary of Jane Austen's death, historian Lucy Worsley leads us into the rooms from which our best-loved novelist quietly changed the world. This new telling of the story of Jane's life shows us how and why she lived as she did, examining the places and spaces that mattered to her [...]
June 26, 2019

BOOK REVIEW: J.M. Barrie & The Lost Boys: The Real Story Behind Peter Pan by Andrew Birkin

J. M. Barrie, Victorian novelist, playwright, and author of Peter Pan or The Boy Who Wouldn’t Grow Up, led a life almost as magical and interesting as as his famous creation. Childless in his marriage, Barrie grew close to the five young boys of the Llewelyn Davies family, ultimately becoming their guardian and devoted surrogate father when they were orphaned.
April 25, 2019

BOOK REVIEW: Will In The World: How Shakespeare Became Shakespeare by Stephen Greenblatt

A young man from a small provincial town moves to London in the late 1580s and, in a remarkably short time, becomes the greatest playwright not of his age alone but of all time. How is an achievement of this magnitude to be explained?
April 9, 2019

BOOK REVIEW: Van Gogh’s Ear: The True Story – Bernadette Murphy

The Blurb (from Goodreads): In December 1888, Vincent van Gogh cut off his ear. It is the most famous story about any artist in history. But what really happened on that dark winter night? In Van Gogh's Ear, Bernadette Murphy reveals the truth.