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Sissi: The Last Empress

After reviewing Danny Saunders’ unintentionally hilarious debut novel The Captive Queen I couldn’t resist having a go at his new work, Sissi: The Last Empress. I am delighted to say that I was not disappointed. Sissi: The Last Empress is a historical novel following the life and times of Elisabeth […]

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The Captive Queen: A Novel Of Mary Stuart

The Captive Queen follows the life of Mary Queen of Scots and her fictional English lady-in-waiting Charlotte Grey. From Mary Stuart’s childhood exile in France, through her tumultuous return to Edinburgh and her last captive years in England, Charlotte Grey faithfully follows the trials and tribulations of her mistress, having […]

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On Melancholy

“I write of melancholy, by being busy to avoid melancholy. There is no greater cause of melancholy than idleness, no better cure than business.” And with that Robert Burton states his reasons for writing The Anatomy of Melancholy. While it may have cured his own melancholy I doubt that his […]

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The Flesh Market

I began reading The Flesh Market expecting a straightforward historical novel about the nineteenth century serial killers Bill Burke and William Hare. Set against the backdrop of 1800’s Edinburgh and the flourishing schools of anatomy, Burke and Hare carried out the murders of sixteen people in order to supply them […]