Enjoyed this a lot more second time around, after more than ten years… man am I ever old.
Part of my RIP reading Here John Turner was cast away in a heavy snow storm in the night in or about the year 1755. The print of a woman’s shoe was found by his side in the snow where he lay dead. This enigmatic memorial stone, high on the bank of a prehistoric Pennine […]
Read online – Gutenberg This is a book I would never have picked up if not for the fact that it is on the reading list of an online course I’ve just started. It is the story of the Chevalier Des Grieux, the second son of a wealthy, upper-class French family in the early 18th […]
Just as with Dracula most of us are familiar with the story of Frankenstein and his creation, even if popular culture often refers to the monster by that name. It probably suffers a little because so many of us think we know the story, why should we read something that we already know about. But […]
Mary Eleanor Bowes was born in 1749. Her father was extremely wealthy and, unusually for the time, had her well educated. A most eligible young woman, not least because she was the richest heiress in C18th Britain. Her first wedding was nothing unusual for the time. Pretty loveless and to an older man it wasn’t a romantic love match. Her second, to a dashing young soldier, was. Mary Eleanor probably hadn’t intended to marry Andrew Robinson Stoney, but upon hearing that he had fought a duel for her honour and was laying on his deathbed wishing for nothing but her hand in marriage… well, who could resist that romance!
Written for in order to entertain a sick brother this is the first of Heyer’s books and was published when she was 19. She went on to write more than 50 other books. The Black Moth is set in pre Regency England and, although the plot itself is ever so slightly ott, the historical details […]
I just bought this on dvd after seeing many good reviews of it since its release. Plus, you know werewolf film so figured for 8 quid I wasn’t really wasting any money if it was rubbish. It wasn’t. It is a great film. Very french in places, but never in a cliched manner. The film […]
Okay, overly alarmist heading, but I gotta grab attentions somehow right? Anyways found this v interesting article in the Guardian, via Jeremy Ribbinks’ blog, all about how the whole BMI may not be all its cracked up to be. “In almost all large-scale epidemiological studies, little or no correlation between weight and health can be […]