Book Review: In the Full Light of the Sun by Clare Clark

Interwar Berlin: the economy is in ruins, businesses are collapsing, and fortunes are being made and lost. People fear for their livelihood, and for Jews and homosexuals the stakes are even higher. At the same time Berlin is a place of unrivalled hedonism and fevered passions, a place to live in the moment, without regard … Continue reading Book Review: In the Full Light of the Sun by Clare Clark

Book Review: The Magick of Master Lilly by Tobsha Learner

The Magick of Master Lilly tells the story of the English Civil War from the perspective of William Lilly, an influential astrologer in an age when magic and witchcraft were increasingly held in mistrust. Beginning with a summons to read the King’s star chart, the book takes in a secret cabal of astrologers, a forbidden … Continue reading Book Review: The Magick of Master Lilly by Tobsha Learner

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