Book Review: Painter to the King by Amy Sackville

Painter to the King is the story of the artist Diego Velázquez and his life at the 17th century court of King Philip IV of Spain. It tells of a bored and incompetent king and his struggle to produce a living heir. And of a court which grows more splendid as the King becomes more … Continue reading Book Review: Painter to the King by Amy Sackville

Book Review: Love and Ruin by Paula McLain

In December 1936 Martha Gellhorn, an American journalist, walks into a bar in Key West and meets Ernest Hemingway. Love and Ruin is the story of what happens next. It is an evocative, beautifully told tale of two people caught up in extraordinary circumstances and a passion that threatens to destroy them both. After that … Continue reading Book Review: Love and Ruin by Paula McLain