My good Mother told me earlier about a book she’d heard discussed on the radio at the weekend, as it was about the 18th century, she thought I might be interested.
(My Mother is very good – she also listens out for interesting names and saves them for me to use. Isn’t she wonderful?)
Well, I’ve looked up the book and it’s shot to the top of my wish-list:
I also like the sound of her other book, Cavalier, about a 17th century gent. I use the term gent in the loosest sense (that of being a member of the nobility) as the subtitle of the paperback version is ‘The story of a seventeenth century playboy’. I don’t think playboys count as gentlemen, but they do count as generally rather interesting reading material.
Not least because the style that comes from Lucy Worsley’s website is overwhelmingly not what most would expect from a history book – she has a sense of humour, a sense of fun and a nose for those intriguing little details of life.
Don’t believe me? Well, go and check out her article from BBC History Magazine: A Survival Manual for Georgian Courtiers.
As for me, well, I need to win the lottery so I can give up work and spend all my time buying, reading and writing books…