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The Story of Egypt
it was ok
Back when I was getting really interested in Ancient Egypt for the first time, Joann Fletcher was making headlines for her "discovery" of Nefertiti's ...more
Dec 28, 2015
Nov 07, 2015
Sphinx's Princess (Sphinx's Princess, #1)
it was ok
I didn't hate this as much as I thought I would, but I didn't love it either. The story is slow to get started, and then quick to finish – I'm glad I ...more
Apr 22, 2012
Apr 21, 2012
Lizzie Siddal: The Tragedy of a Pre-Raphaelite Supermodel
really liked it
Elizabeth "Lizzie" Siddal is one of the most famous women associated with the Pre-Raphaelite art movement – and one of its most iconic and celebrated ...more
Sep 09, 2014
Jun 24, 2014
The Eagle and the Raven
it was amazing
What an amazing, amazing book.

Pauline Gedge manages to recreate a pre-Roman England (Albion) that feels so alive and so real, which is a skill that f
Oct 13, 2012
Mar 11, 2012
Sphinx's Queen (Sphinx's Princess, #2)
did not like it
This book just annoyed me, a lot, and I resorted to skimming in order to finish the book without throwing my iPod through the wall.

The modern language
Apr 23, 2012
Apr 21, 2012
Baptism for the Dead
it was amazing
Baptism for the Dead is a short but utterly gorgeous book. I wasn't far into the second section, "Creation", that I realised I was completely in love ...more
Oct 05, 2012
Oct 01, 2012
Tidewater: A Novel of Pocahontas and the Jamestown Colony
it was amazing
When I was child, my favourite Disney film of all time was Pocahontas. Naturally, I poked about with the few resources I had access to and knew that D ...more
Sep 24, 2014
Jul 17, 2014
The Other Side of the World
liked it
Charlotte has just given birth to her first child and it has changed her world completely, leaving her absent-minded and distracted. Her husband, Henr ...more
Jan 11, 2017
Dec 18, 2015
To The Sea
did not like it
Seventeen-year-old Zoe Kennett disappeared of the Tasmanian coast. Although presumed drowned by most of her family, her mother, Eva, believes Zoe is s ...more
Jan 06, 2017
Dec 29, 2016
House of Rejoicing (The Book of Coming Forth by Day, #1)
it was amazing
The Amarna period is one of my most favourite periods of time in Ancient Egyptian history and one that has been well-served by a fairly steady stream ...more
Jun 22, 2015
Jun 04, 2015
Akhenaten: Egypt's False Prophet
liked it
This review is going to be long and probably has a "my feelings, let me show you them" vibe. Sorry.

The short version is that while an accessible book,
May 07, 2012
Apr 30, 2012
Queens Consort: England's Medieval Queens
did not like it
Personally, I found Queens Consort: England’s Medieval Queens to be a work of see-sawing quality that landed more on the negative side of the things. ...more
Jan 08, 2019
Apr 04, 2018
Edward II: The Unconventional King
it was amazing
Edward II was probably born into the wrong family. He wasn’t particularly interested in the “appropriate” pursuits for a nobleman – much less the heir ...more
Feb 21, 2018
Jan 04, 2018
The Crook and Flail (The She-King, #2)
it was amazing
Where do I start with this review? I just want to start by fangirling because seriously, The Crook and Flail is amazing. I'm writing this review and h ...more
Apr 03, 2013
Mar 12, 2013
The Last Heiress
liked it
**spoiler alert** I'm a bit mixed about this novel. On one hand, I was very excited to see that some of the new theories and new research had been inc ...more
Dec 04, 2012
May 04, 2012
Buried Angels (Patrik Hedström, #8)
did not like it
I couldn't keep going with this one. The writing was childish, to the point where I wanted to get a red pen out and go to town - that may be an issue ...more
Nov 11, 2017
Nov 10, 2017
The One Who Got Away
did not like it
Loren Wynne-Estes disappears on a cruise that represents a last-ditch effort to save her marriage. As the adoring mother of two twin girls, she looks ...more
Sep 16, 2016
Sep 12, 2016
The Hippopotamus Marsh (Lord of the Two Lands, #1)
it was amazing
Oh my god.

If you gave me one word, just one, to sum this book up, it would be: epic.

In The Hippopotamus Marsh, Pauline Gedge tackles (with all of her
Mar 13, 2012
Oct 13, 2011
Shadow King: The Life and Death of Henry VI
really liked it
The title of Lauren Johnson’s biography of Henry VI of England is supremely apt. Henry VI is difficult to pin down, sometimes celebrated as the saintl ...more
May 05, 2019
Dec 22, 2018
Eater of Hearts (The Book of Coming Forth by Day, #3)
it was amazing
Libbie Hawker's The Book of Coming Forth by Day comes to a stunning conclusion in Eater of Hearts, focusing on the final years of Akhenaten's reign an ...more
Mar 19, 2016
Mar 03, 2016
Nefertiti: An Archaeological Biography
did not like it
Nefertiti: An Archaeological Biography works neither as a reference book nor as a work of historical fiction, though it is closer to succeeding at the ...more
Feb 24, 2014
Feb 17, 2014
Out of the Black Land
really liked it
Out of the Black Land is a novel set during the reign of the heretic pharaoh, Akhenaten. The story is told through the eyes of two characters: the sis ...more
Dec 07, 2011
not set
Oct 03, 2011
Casper the Commuting Cat: The True Story of the Cat Who Rode the Bus and Stole Our Hearts
liked it
Am I heartless if I criticise this? I hope not. This is a hugely enjoyable, touching story. I loved reading about Casper and his family, and, as a cat ...more
Nov 30, 2012
Nov 13, 2012
Into the Night
liked it
D.S. Gemma Woodstock has moved from her small town to the ‘big smoke’ of Melbourne, leaving behind everything she’s known. Lonely and isolated, when s ...more
Jun 25, 2018
Mar 01, 2018
Man in the Music: The Creative Life and Work of Michael Jackson
it was amazing
Michael Jackson may be one of the most underrated artists of all time. It might strange when you think about it – after all, he is one of the most fam ...more
Jan 08, 2012
Dec 18, 2011
A Game of Thrones (A Song of Ice and Fire, #1)
it was amazing
I always think I'm a bigger fan of fantasy than I actually am. It's not that I've had a bad experience (though I did read all but the most recent of t ...more
Dec 21, 2012
Jul 06, 2012
Jul 01, 2011
Akhenaten: King of Egypt
really liked it
Despite being first published over twenty years ago, Cyril Aldred's Akhenaten: King of Egypt is one of the best books on Egypt's most enigmatic pharao ...more
Jun 18, 2012
Apr 30, 2012
Isabella: She-Wolf of France, Queen of England
did not like it
Isabella of France was the wife and dutiful queen of Edward II who turned into a notorious rebel. At one stage, she was celebrated for ridding England ...more
Sep 24, 2018
Aug 13, 2018
The Lady of the Rivers (The Plantagenet and Tudor Novels, #1)
did not like it
Whenever I think of this book, I remember the nausea I had when recovering from having my appendix out. Not just because I read this book during my re ...more
Aug 06, 2018
Mar 20, 2018
it was amazing
I've been trying to find a way to start this review. I've thought about making a disclaimer about my lack of knowledge about the history of Ancient Ro ...more
Apr 14, 2017
Dec 17, 2012
Dec 28, 2011
Sep 10, 2011
May 03, 2011
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