Memoirs,autobiographies and biographies? I love them!
I signed up to read eighteen, and I’ve done it.
Here’s the list:
- Marraine: A Portrait of my Godmother by Oriel Malet
- Books, Baguettes & Bedbugs: The Left Bank World of Shakespeare & Co by Jeremy Mercer
- Laura Knight by Caroline Fox
- The Great Western Beach by Emma Smith
- The Good Women of China by Xinran
- Henry: Virtuous Prince by David Starkey
- A Boy at the Hogarth Press by Richard Kennedy
- Without Knowing Mr Walkley by Edith Olivier
- The Swan in the Evening by Rosamond Lehmann
- Where Shall We Go For Dinner?: A Food Romance by Tamasin Day-Lewis
- The View From Downshire Hill by Elizabeth Jenkins
- Notes From Walnut Tree Farm by Roger Deakin
- On The Other Side: Letters To My chIldren in Germany 1940-1946 by Mathilde Wolff-Monckeberg
- A Bookseller’s War by Anne and Heywood Hill
- Kisses on a Postcard by Terence Frisby
- Arthur Rackham: A Life in Illustration by James Hamilton
- Night Thoughts of a Country Landlady: Being the Pacific Experiences of Miss Emma Nightingale in Time of War presented by Edith Olivier and illustrated by Rex Whistler
- London War Notes 1939 to 1945 by Mollie Panter-Downes
A favourite? I couldn’t pick just one- there are some real gems on that list.
Emma Smith, Edith Olivier, Terence Frisby and Mollie-Panter Jones provided me with some quite exceptional books.
Oriel Malet, Elizabeth Jenkins, Roger Deakin and James Hamilton weren’t far behind.
And there were only a couple of disappointments, but I won’t name names.
Thank you Vassily for hosting!
Oh – I am very intrigued by the one written by Jeremy Mercer regarding the Parisian bookstore Shakespeare and Co. I may need to check that one out.
Congratulations on finishing such a great challenge.
I should have done this one since I love memoirs too! Congratulations!
Excellent job Jane!!
BTW…I would jump on the next plane to Cornwall to organize your photos and scrapbook all of them for you!! 🙂
What a wonderful accomplishment! I just did my tally and I only read 2 non-fiction books this years. I really should do better in 2010.
PS – are you still in for the Greengage Read? Just posted a reminder on my blog.
These look wonderful – there are some I’ve heard of and others I shall have to look up. The only one I have read is The Good Women of China, which I found devasting in parts. Xinran is such a wonderful writer, I have a couple other books of hers.