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August 27 in history

479 BC Persian forces led by Mardonius were routed by Pausanias, the Spartan commander of the Greek army in the Battle of Plataea.

410 The… 588 more words


The Pleasure of Reading - Edited by Antonia Fraser

 Another book that I read while we were away was an ideal book to pick up and put down between bookshops/ places of interest. Produced in aid of Give a Book charity, it is comprised of forty three authors writing about how they started reading, often compulsively, almost as addicts, and how they have carried on . 389 more words

Antonia Fraser

Marie Antoinette: The Journey by Antonia Fraser

source: borrowed
title: Marie Antoinette: The Journey
author: Antonia Fraser
pages: 511
published: November 12, 2002
genre: non fiction/historical/biography
first lines: On 2 November 1755 the Queen-Empress was in labour all day with her fifteenth child. 1,087 more words

Book Review

My History - Antonia Fraser

My favourite biographies to read are those of people I know next to nothing about.  I can crack open the book without any of the trepidation I feel when I read about my idols – there is nothing more disappointing than discovering that someone you deeply admire is actually a self-pitying bore, unrepentant adulterer, vegan, or in possession of other similarly off-putting character traits.  701 more words


Serendip Book Shop - Lyme Regis

In case you hadn’t realise, last week was Independent Book Shop Week.  Now as you know, I need no excuse to visit an independent bookshop but if I did this was it.  484 more words


Does reading damage your writing?

I’ve read a lot over the years.

I’m not trying to show off, but if libraries ran schemes encouraging adults to read like they do young children, … 682 more words