Tales of the Country by Brian Viner Alan 10.
Spilling the Beans (Paperback) by Clarissa Dickson-Wright (Author) Publisher: Hodder & Stoughton (4 Sep 2008) ISBN-10: 0340933895 ISBN-13: 978-0340933893.
Fern: My Story (Hardcover) by Fern Britton (Author) Publisher: Michael Joseph (6 Nov 2008) ISBN-10: 0718154614 ISBN-13: 978-0718154615.
'The Viceroy's Daughters' by Anne de Courcy published by Phoenix ISBN 0 75381 255 X
(Both) 8 This biography really races along. The expression, "couldn't put it down", comes to mind. We have both found it really gripping and possibly for different reasons! Along with 'The Other Boleyn Girl' by Philippa Gregory this has changed my view of characters from history. From the evidence in this biography I found Edward Windsor a pathetic and worthless character and Tom (Oswald) Moseley one of the most loathsome people I have come across in anyone's writing. The Curzon family, and indeed many of the people they mixed with, seem unbelievably selfish and hypocritical in applying one set of morals to their own behaviour and another to those they regarded as their inferiors.
A fascinating aspect of the book was the use of or indeed the existence of letters and diaries. I think they are most important and wonder what the modern equivalent is. The opening paragraph of the 'Notes' section begins thus: "Most of the material on which this book is based is taken from the diaries and private letters of the Curzon sisters and interviews with those who knew them. Irene Ravensdale not only kept a Hunting Journal but a comprehensive daily diary, vividly describing her feelings and emotions and the behaviour of those nearest to her, written up every night however late the hour."
'A Scandalous Life: A Biography of Jane Digby' by Mary S. Lovell Paperback: 384 pages Publisher: Fourth Estate (18 Jun 1998) ISBN: 1857024699