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Recent Book Reviews

Book reviews from the last 6 months.

An Interview with Soniah Kamal, Author of Unmarriageable: Pride and Prejudice in Pakistan by Brenda S. Co

Inquiring readers, Soniah Kamal has written a fascinating version of Pride and Prejudice set in Pakistan, Unmarriageable. The book has become very popular in a wide variety of circles, and, almost a year...
From Jane Austen's World on 5 Feb 2020

Finding your way on the Seven Seas in the Early Modern Period

I spend a lot of my time trying to unravel and understand the complex bundle that is Renaissance or Early Modern mathematics and the people who practiced it. Regular readers of this blog should by now...
From The Renaissance Mathematicus on 13 Nov 2019

The Lost Queen by Anne Stott

No one expected royal marriages to be happy, least of all George, Prince of Wales, who was already illegally married to his mistress Maria Fitzherbert. He only agreed to marry his first cousin because...
From Naomi Clifford on 4 Mar 2020

The Swinging 1660s

Readers of my occasional autobiographical posts will know that I came of age in the late 1960’s and early 1970s and was a fully-fledged member of the drug freak generation. Indulging freely in a...
From The Renaissance Mathematicus on 1 Jan 2020

Review: THE LOST DAUGHTER by Gill Paul

THE LOST DAUGHTER by Gill Paul (William Morrow 2019) is a richly textured, emotionally resonant novel that transforms a tantalizing historical "what if" question into a riveting journey of self-discovery...
From Writing the Renaissance on 5 Nov 2019

My name is Bond, Jamie Bond.

Today we have a first at the Renaissance Mathematicus, a book review of two interrelated books that have nothing, or at least very little, to do with the histories of science and mathematics. They, however,...
From The Renaissance Mathematicus on 26 Feb 2020

The Bride of Northanger: A Jane Austen Variation by Diana Birchall – A Review

Inquiring readers: Author Diana Birchall has written her latest addition to the Austenesque fiction canon. This post is a review of Catherine Tilney’s (née Morland’s) continuing adventures...
From Jane Austen's World on 31 Oct 2019

Q&A: Brooke N. Newman, author of A Dark Inheritance: Blood, Race, and Sex in Colonial Jamaica

Q&A with Brooke Newman on her book, A Dark Inheritance: Blood, race, and Sex in Colonial Jamaica.
From The Junto on 16 Mar 2020

Book Review: Royal Harlot by Susan Holloway Scott

'Royal Harlot' by Susan Holloway Scott takes us into the world of Barbara Villiers and her passionate life and great affair with King Charles II.
From The Seventeenth Century Lady on 13 Mar 2020

The Lost Books of Jane Austen by Janine Barchas: A Review

“Cheap books make good authors canonical.” – Janine Barchas The Lost Books of Jane Austen by Janine Barchas is a beautiful book – a bound hardcopy with almost one hundred color...
From Jane Austen's World on 19 Dec 2019

3 into 2 does go!

It would of course be totally unethical for me to review a book of which I am one of the authors. However, as my contribution is only six of two-hundred pages, of which three are illustrations, and the...
From The Renaissance Mathematicus on 25 Mar 2020

Book Review: ‘Killing Beauties’ by Pete Langman

KILLING BEAUTIES is a gripping historical fiction novel set during the Protectorate of the 1650s and focuses on the underworld of espionage through the actions of the main character, Susan Hyde. Susan,...
From The Seventeenth Century Lady on 13 Jan 2020

There’s Something About Darcy by Gabrielle Malcolm

The subtitle of this book by the expert in Austen’s place in popular culture and the global fan world associated with Austen is The curious appeal of Jane Austen’s bewitching hero. And...
From Naomi Clifford on 1 Dec 2019

Calculus for the curious

Some weeks ago I got involved in a discussion on Twitter about, which books to recommend on the history of calculus. Somebody chimed in that Steven Strogatz’s new book would tell you all that you...
From The Renaissance Mathematicus on 16 Oct 2019

Review: Browne, Surviving Slavery in the British Caribbean

Adam McNeil reviews Randy M. Browne's "Surviving Slavery in the British Caribbean," which explores how enslaved Berbicians attempted to survive slavery in one of the most oppressive slave societies in...
From The Junto on 4 Nov 2019

Book Review: Women of the 1920s: Style Glamour, & the Avante-Garde by Thomas Bleitner

Louise BrooksOn the eve of the 2020s, the spell of the exciting and revolutionary 1920s looms large. It was an unforgettable era with deep cultural shifts and powerful aesthetics. Women, in particular,...

Mathematics at the Meridian

Historically Greenwich was a village, home to a royal place from the fifteenth to the seventeenth centuries, that lay to the southeast of the city of London on the banks of the river Thames, about...
From The Renaissance Mathematicus on 30 Jan 2020

Review: Kacy Tillman, Stripped and Script

Emily Yankowitz reviews Kacy Tillman's Stripped and Script: Loyalist Women Writers of the American Revolution.
From The Junto on 5 Mar 2020

Exploring the Lives of Women 1558–1837

The eroticism under the surface of the words of a conduct manual for young women written by an anonymous Hackney clergyman; the meteoric career of the now-forgotten actor Eliza O’Neill; the radical...
From Naomi Clifford on 18 Nov 2019

Sanditon: A Review of Jane Austen’s Novel, published by Oxford World’s Classics

As almost all Jane Austen enthusiasts know, her unfinished novel, Sanditon, has been adapted for a limited television series by Andrew Davies. It aired on ITV in Great Britain in the fall and will be shown...
From Jane Austen's World on 12 Dec 2019