Next up my non-fiction choices for this year with links to the original review.
- The Astaires: Fred and Ava - Judith Riley
- The Young Ardizzone - Edward Ardizzone Slightly Foxed edition
- Beautiful for Ever - Helen Rappaport
- What Matters in Jane Austen - John Mullan
- Mrs Robinson's Disgrace - Kate Summerscale
- The Great Charles Dickens Scandal - Michael Slater
- Dear Lupin - Roger Mortimer
- Bertie: A life of Edward VII - Jane Ridley
- Catherine the Great - Robert Massie
For some reason which escapes me it seems I did not write a review of the Young Ardizzone or Catherine the Great by Robert Massie. I can only assume I was incredibly busy at the time. However, take it from me they deserve to make the list.
Robert Massie is the author of Nicholas and Alexandra which I read back in the 70s. Totally riveting and fascinating book and he is responsible for starting off my love of Russian history of this period and my interest in the Romanovs. This is, of course, an earlier period, but I had also read a fiction book about this quite ghastly but hugely characterful woman, which I found intriguing and so I had a bit of a Catherine year.
The Young Ardizzone was one of those simply delightful Slightly Foxed editions, small, beautifully bound and just the right size to slot into a handbag. I adore Ardizzone's illustrations, I posted about him simply ages ago on Random, here, there is something so charming about his drawings. Slightly Foxed are one of life's pleasures so do check out their website here.
I will be double checking my lists over the next few days as I think I may well have one or two more to add in before 31 December 2012 but these are my non-fiction choices.
Let me know what you think of them.