Friday, 5 February 2010

Currently Reading....

I am currently reading...
Alligators, Old Mink and New Money by Alison Houtte -oh this is a charming book, it just whips by and suddenly you're at the end wanting more - this is a true story of a New York model/socialite who runs her own vintage clothing shop - the book wanders through her life, the story of the clothes, the people who buy them and the shop itself - the characters are great, the clothing even better...brilliant.
Small Wars Permitting - Dispatches from Foreign Lands by Christina Lamb - this is another fabulous read with the most wonderful writing and story-telling by the author who is a journalist and has reported from some of the most fascinating - and the most dangerous - places on earth - there isn't a moment in this book that falls flat.  
England's Mistress - The Infamous Life of Emma Hamilton by Kate Williams - I am reading this book a second time - it is so beautifully written, so well researched and so interesting that I think I would get more out of it every time I took it down from my bookshelf.  Lady Emma Hamilton, who took one look at Lord Nelson and despite being married, fell at his feet, is the subject and what a fascinating one at that - her story is amazing, and the other stories that Kate Williams has woven around her life are equally absorbing - the story ends tragically and its sad to realise that Emma Hamilton ended her days exiled, left out and uncared for after the death of Nelson when he specifically asked the nation to take care of her - his memory was honoured, but she was left out in the cold, and I can only reflect that society treated her dreadfully for the crime of loving someone so deeply she gave up everything for him.
Lipstick Jungle by Candace Bushnell - this grabbed me from the opening line, describing Fashion Week in New York - I stayed at the Bryant Park Hotel in NY with Mum the year before last so I knew exactly where the author was and I loved this book by the author of Sex and the City - the characters are bigger, louder and brasher than those in SATC if you can believe that, and this is one of those books which might not challenge the brain cells, but will certainly keep them amused; I stayed up all night until I read this in one huge e-book gulp...

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