Lucinda Byatt

The Swerve: How the Renaissance Began

By Stephen Greenblatt - Published 2011

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Nonfiction

There was something serendipitous about reading this book in a week that modern scientists took a step closer to the elusive Higgs boson. ...Read Review

Explorers of the Nile: The Triumph and Tragedy of a Great Victorian Adventure

By Tim Jeal - Published 2011

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Nonfiction

This is a story you might think you know already, also thanks to Alan Moorehead’s two books published fifty years ago. However, ...Read Review

The Tea Lords

By Hella S. Haasse - By Ina Rilke (trans.) - Published 2010

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Saga

Haasse’s books have achieved classic status in her native Netherlands, and this is the first to be translated for 15 years. The Tea ...Read Review

The Favourite: Sir Walter Ralegh in Elizabeth l’s Court

By Mathew Lyons - Published 2011

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Nonfiction

Lyons’ account of Ralegh, a “self-seeking, self-publicizing butterfly”, his early life and meteoric rise to become Elizabeth’s favourite also offers a detailed ...Read Review

The Popes: A History

By John Julius Norwich - Published 2011

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Nonfiction

Anyone with a passing interest in church history – and that really means European, indeed world history – will be fascinated by this overview of ...Read Review

Venetian Navigators: The Voyages of the Zen Brothers to the Far North

By Andrea di Robilant - Published 2011

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Nonfiction

Strands of serendipity weave through the various levels on which this book is written: to start with di Robilant’s chance encounter with ...Read Review

Catherine of Aragon: Henry’s Spanish Queen

By Giles Tremlett - Published 2010

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Nonfiction

This major biography adds a refreshing new focus by using extensive material from Spanish sources. The picture that emerges of this extraordinary woman ...Read Review

Gautama Buddha: The Life and Teachings of the Awakened One

By Vishvapani Blomfield - Published 2011

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Nonfiction

This fascinating book pieces together what little is known about Gautama, the historical Buddha who lived – in accordance with the historical tradition favoured ...Read Review

Catherine of Aragon, Henry’s Spanish Queen

By Giles Tremlett - Published 2010

Genres:

Nonfiction

This major biography adds a refreshing new focus by using extensive material from Spanish sources. The picture that emerges of this extraordinary woman ...Read Review

The Wrong Blood

By Manuel de Lope - Published 2010

Genres:

LiterarySaga

After reading this book, I found myself agreeing with the blurb on the dust jacket – a rare event. In essence, it is about ...Read Review