A beautiful historical novel by a criminally under-read female writer. Published in 1948, Warner’s invented history of a Norfolk convent from 1170 to 1382 is a real masterpiece. A vivid and slippery account of the action of time.
The second instalment of period pleasures in the 1920s. The first was ‘The Mitford Murders’; this time we share the company of the hedonistic Bright Young Things. Bohemian aristocrats, extravagant treasure hunts, tabloids and murder.
A fictionalized account of the life of Diego Velazquez in the court of Philip IV. The artist stalks the dark and mysterious corridors of the palace, spying and studying a princess, a jester, a maid, a horse. These pictures are beautifully evoked through Sackville’s mesmeric and thoughtful prose. Meanwhile the machinations of the court swirl around him as the tragic reign of the ‘Planet King’ unfolds. Beguiling, lyrical and melancholy.