Book Review: The Fishing Fleet

A lot has been written about India during the Raj: about the East India Company and the complicated politics and the men who ran things and fought for and against it. But there are few books out there about the women who went to India and accompanied those men to the cities and far-flung outposts and plantations, bringing with them a little bit of Britain … Continue reading Book Review: The Fishing Fleet

The Bookshelf: Summer Reading Edition

Mr Selfridge is done, and Downton’s next season is a long way off, leaving us all with a long summer ahead before we can get our fix of pre-war glamour. As it’s now summer holiday season, when at least some of us will either be sitting on beaches or waiting on flights, it’s a good time to start thinking books. Histories don’t often make good beach reading, … Continue reading The Bookshelf: Summer Reading Edition

Reading Hour Recommendations

In exactly one week, at 11 a.m. 30 November, The Reading Hour will begin. Part of Book Week Scotland, it’s a single hour in which everyone is encouraged to drop what they’re doing, pick up a book, and read. Just an hour out of your day, no big deal, right? But the question is, what will you read? Well, if you’re a fan of the … Continue reading Reading Hour Recommendations

The Perfect Summer

Our lucky British friends get Downton Abbey back this weekend, while those of us on the wrong side of the pond have to wait until 2012 for season 2. Thanks a lot, PBS! If, like me, you’re looking for something to fill the time, or if you’re curious about what life in the Downton Days was like, Juliet Nicholson’s book The Perfect Summer: England in … Continue reading The Perfect Summer