Archives by Tag 'Non-Fiction'

Review: ‘The Sack of Bath’ by Adam Fergusson

By oldenglishrose - Last updated: Tuesday, October 25, 2011

I really enjoy being a member of the various online book communities that I’m a part of, much as they are largely responsible for my enormous TBR pile and wishlist.  I know I can find opinions on everything from the latest popular bestseller to obscure novels which I’d never have discovered on my own on [...]

Review: ‘Wild Swans’ by Jung Chang

By oldenglishrose - Last updated: Tuesday, July 12, 2011

When I was at secondary school we had a lovely chemistry teacher who would cunningly arrange school trips to places that she really wanted to visit herself.  She organised skiing trips to Canada and America which I happily ignored, but then when I was fourteen a letter went home about a proposed trip to China.  My [...]

Review: ‘Dawn Chorus’ by Joan Wyndham

By oldenglishrose - Last updated: Thursday, June 9, 2011

Reading Perfume from Provence reminded me that reading non-fiction is nowhere near as hard or as serious as I think it’s going to be when it comes in the form of an engaging memoir.  I decided to carry on the theme by reading another thoroughly English memoir which I picked up, this time one of [...]

Review: ‘Perfume from Provence’ by Lady Winifred Fortescue

By oldenglishrose - Last updated: Thursday, June 2, 2011

You might remember my mentioning by Lady Winifred Fortescue back in my March Review when I confessed to having broken my Lent book buying ban due to an unexpected train delay.  Whilst I felt a little bit guilty at the time (not least because I also picked up the two companion books by the same [...]

‘Harris’s List of Covent Garden Ladies’ by Hallie Rubenhold

By oldenglishrose - Last updated: Thursday, May 19, 2011

When I was reading Michael Faber’s novel The Crimson Petal and the White recently, I was struck by the frequent references to the infamous More Sprees in London, a little book detailing the different prostitutes available around the town, where to find them, what they charged and to which particular specialties each one would cater.  [...]

‘Through England on a Side-Saddle’ by Celia Fiennes

By oldenglishrose - Last updated: Friday, April 8, 2011

As I’ve mentioned before, I’m attempting to read more non-fiction this year, and so far I seem to be accomplishing most of that in the form of travelogues.  There’s something endlessly fascinating about seeing a place through the eyes of someone else, whether it’s somewhere I’ve been before, somewhere I know like the back of [...]

‘Dark Star Safari’ by Paul Theroux

By oldenglishrose - Last updated: Thursday, February 17, 2011

When I started out at university, the people I met instantly divided themselves into two groups: those who started conversations with the immortal phrase, “On my gap year…”  and those who didn’t.  The gap year people had inevitably spent at a goodly proportion of this year out of education travelling in Africa/South America/Asia, had quite [...]

‘Try Anything Twice’ by Jan Struther

By oldenglishrose - Last updated: Tuesday, February 15, 2011

Jan Struther is best known as the author of the short novel, .  However, during Virago Reading Week I posted about a fascinating notethat I had found taped inside a copy of Jan Struther’s which I acquired from a second hand book stall, and consequently I had to read this one first.  I actually finished this [...]

’84, Charing Cross Road’ and ‘The Duchess of Bloomsbury Street’ by Helene Hanff

By oldenglishrose - Last updated: Monday, February 7, 2011

I’m not sure why I’m so biased against non-fiction books, as I always seem to enjoy them whenever I can finally bring myself to read one.  Whatever the reason, I don’t tend to pick one up unless I actively decide to do so, and so one of my bookish resolutions this year is to read [...]

‘False Friends Faux Amis’ by Ellie Malet Spradbery

By oldenglishrose - Last updated: Monday, January 17, 2011

Language is something that I find absolutely fascinating: I love reading about how different languages developed, their particular foibles, the origins of words and the meanings of obscure idioms.  I was therefore ever so pleased to be sent a free copy of by Ellie Malet Spradbery to review through the LibraryThing Early Reviewers programme.  I’ve [...]