REVIEW: Mary Boleyn ‘The Great and Infamous Whore’ by Alison Weir

With very little historical information available, this biography of Anne Boleyn’s sister is filled with plenty of theories but overall feels lacking in real substance – with other key family members still overshadowing her life. While there have been countless books devoted to the rise and fall of Anne Boleyn, I was curious to find… Read More

Love London Love Culture’s Ten Books Looking Forward to Reading: March 2021

Here, Emma Clarendon selects some of the books that she is most looking forward to reading when they are published…. The Thursday Murder Club 2 – Richard Osman: having recently read and enjoyed the first book (in what looks like could be a series?), this latest novel is one that is high on my list… Read More

Love London Love Culture’s Book Picks for 2021

Here’s a guide to some of the books that we can all look forward to reading when they are published this year…. Daughters of Night by Laura Shepherd- Robinson: following on from Blood & Sugar, this is a new murder mystery from the author set in Georgian London. The story is centred on the murder… Read More

Love London Love Culture’s Guide to Books to Pre-order

As we spend a lot more time at home and in the sunshine, here’s a guide to some of the best books available to pre-order now… Daughters of Night by Laura Shepherd-Robinson (28th January 2021): following the success of her debut novel Blood & Sugar, Laura Shepherd-Robinson’s next novel sees Caroline Corsham attempting to seek… Read More

REVIEW: Anna of Kleve: Queen of Secrets by Alison Weir

Alison Weir produces the most fascinating story surrounding the life of Henry VIII’s fourth wife. When it comes to Henry VIII’s wives, most historical fiction novels that I seem to read usually focus on the stronger female queens – particularly Anne Boleyn, which is why it is fascinating to read a novel about a queen… Read More

Love London Love Culture’s Favourite Books of 2019

Love London Love Culture’s Emma Clarendon rounds up some of her favourite reads of the year… Circe by Madeline Miller: following on from her successful retelling of the story of Achilles, Madeline Miller puts another contemporary take on another memorable Greek myth. Written with great insight and filled with imaginative descriptions this is a memorable… Read More

REVIEW: Jane Seymour: The Haunted Queen by Alison Weir

The historian breathes new life into this little known or understood Queen that in turn offers a different portrayal of the temperamental Henry VIII. Out of all of his wives, Henry VIII treasured and loved Jane Seymour the most for having providing him with what his previous wives could not: a son and heir. Yet… Read More

Books on Love London Love Culture’s Wish List

Here’s a guide to a few books that Love London Love Culture’s Emma Clarendon is looking forward to reading… The Testaments by Margaret Atwood: picking up the story fifteen years after the original story The Handmaid’s Tale left off, this eagerly anticipated sequel to the original is set to be published on the 10th September.… Read More

REVIEW: Anne Boleyn, A King’s Obsession by Alison Weir

In the latest of her Six Tudor Queens series, Alison Weir effectively breathes new life into Anne Boleyn, offering a fresh perspective of a woman who has long been made out to be a villain.  For hundreds of years Anne Boleyn has been called a huge number of different names (none of them flattering) –… Read More

REVIEW: Six Tudor Queens: Katherine of Aragon The True Queen, Alison Weir

Alison Weir creates a sympathetic Katherine of Aragon in this detailed portrait of her ultimately tragic life. Apparently based on new research into the life of Katherine of Aragon, this first novel in Alison Weir’s new series Six Tudor Queens is refreshing and offers a strong female personality that reveals just how strong Henry VIII’s… Read More