Ronald Knox, in his sermon at GKC’s funeral, said “All of this generation has grown up under Chesterton’s influence so completely that we do not even know when we are thinking Chesterton”, yet this prolific – and enormous – novelist, essayist, playwright, poet, philosopher, journalist & broadcaster has rather faded from view.
Another scandalous woman? Well, when she went on trial at Westminster Hall for bigamy in April 1776, the story is said to have drawn more attention in society than the American War of Independence. The story of Elizabeth Chudleigh, Duchess of Kingston, Countess of Bristol, is a lively one.
Those who read Clare’s Something of His Art, about J S Bach, or The Light in the Dark: A Winter Journal (or others) will know that Clare is a writer of exquisite sensibility and nuance. He is also prey to depression, and this memoir of his hospitalisation under Section 2 of the Mental Health Act for an acute breakdown is characteristically articulate and intelligent. It’s also an optimistic book that looks at new ideas of treatment and approach.
Joan Leigh Fermor’s biographer turns to Eddy Sackville-West, Desmon Shawe-Taylor and Eardley Knollys and the unusual salon they created at Long Crichel in Dorset, where Nancy Mitford, Benjamin Britten, Laurie Lee, Cyril Connolly, Somerset Maugham, E.M. Forster, Cecil Beaton were among the visitors.
The story of the son of a Parsi-convert vicar near Birmingham who, convicted for mutilating horses and writing threatening letters to the vicar, contacted Conan Doyle to unravel the mystery and clear his name. An eye-opening look at race and an unexpected friendship in the C20th. Remarkable research, fine writing.
First of a beautifully published pair of LL’s famous memoirs: in this we have his lyrical evocation of a childhood in rural England during the years after WW1. Lovely clothbound edition from Slightly Foxed.
The second volume of a beautifully published pair of LL’s famous memoirs, in which the young man leaves his beloved village of Slad for London and then walks and busks his way around Spain. His Spanish sojourn is brought to end by the outbreak of the Civil War in 1936. A lovely clothbound edition from Slightly Foxed.
SM’s parents were German Jewish refugees; he was raised a Catholic and forbidden to identify as Jewish or German or British. His maternal aunts concealed their origins too and had very different trajectories. This is the remarkable tale of the author’s quest to discover his smothered inheritance.
From being America’s most significant ally in the region, Iran suddenly became its greatest adversary: this account, from 1941 onwards, explains how the Shah himself contrived to lose support from all sectors of Iranian society.
A panoramic account by the distinguished Harvard historian of five generations of a French provincial family originally from Angouleme, crammed with stories and archival research. ER has a deep understanding of the period as well as her material.