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Review: Britain's Lost Masterpieces: Season 2 - Episodes 1 & 2

Posted October 21st, 2017 at 04:03 AM by HistoricalGeek

Review: Britain’s Lost Masterpieces: Season 2: Episode 1: Glasgow.

So, this time Bendor is joined by Emma Dabiri. I would complain about the lack of Jacky but honestly? I love that we got to see more of Emma.

As before Bendor is joyful to watch although slightly overshadowed by his co-star.

Emma is naturally vibrant and just a real joy to watch.

A must-watch for Art History fans.

Rating: 10/10.

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Review: The Secret Diaries Of Miss Anne Lister - Edited By Helena Whitbread

Posted July 14th, 2016 at 06:26 AM by HistoricalGeek

This review will cover the book just enough to hopefully encourage you to read it yourself.

Typed from notes I made as I read.

The introduction as Helena writes it covers much of what to expect from the diaries, including much detail on why she has been the first to transcribe and publish the diaries.

Going into the diaries itself, I appreciate that Helena only interjects when she needs to, so she can explain things.

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Review: Genius Of The Ancient World - Bettany Hughes

Posted July 14th, 2016 at 05:59 AM by HistoricalGeek

I’d like to start by acknowledging that the fact that my parents kept these episodes for me makes this review possible. Right, now… here we go.

There are three episodes, presented by Bettany Hughes.

The first episode is about Buddha, who I personally knew little about.

As I have often commented on before, Bettany presents with real passion for what she’s talking about.

The Buddha episode is clearly well researched, as are the others,...
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Review: Jambusters By Julie Summers

Posted July 14th, 2016 at 12:41 AM by HistoricalGeek

First off, this book is beautifully written, the inserted parts from people’s diaries or conversations that Julie has had with them feel almost like we are listening to friends telling us about their lives. Julie’s book is carefully researched but also clearly coming from a place of professional interest.

Julie also doesn’t shy away from using the introduction to talk about how the book became a base for the wonderful series Home Fires. For myself, who is not just a history geek...
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Elizabeth Chadwick Mega-review post.

Posted July 12th, 2016 at 08:25 PM by HistoricalGeek

Disclaimer: This review was written over the course of a day and an evening, so the chances of the reviews being a little harder than usual is there.
Any views that follow are my own and I will say this: Elizabeth’s books here may not be the best of the best of her writing, I know two are from her earliest writings and so may not have held up as well.
Book 1: The Running Vixen.
The Author’s Note at the beginning is charming enough.
The book itself is an easy read,...
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