Non Fiction:Seasonal Suggestions 2010
Michael Holroyd A Book of Secrets: Illegitimate Daughters, Absent Fathers. Chatto £16.99. ‘The work of a master biographer at the height of his powers’ (Daisy Hay The Telegraph).
Alexandra Harris Romantic Moderns: English Writers, Artists and the Imagination, from Virginia Woolf to John Piper. Thames & Hudson £19.95. ‘The only disappointing thing about Romantic Moderns is that it comes to an end’ (Gary Day THE).
Helen Castor She-Wolves. Faber & Faber £20. ‘Helen Castor excels at making history approachable’ (Christina Hardyment The Independent). A study of medieval queenship.
Daniel Snowman The Gilded Stage: A Social History of Opera Atlantic Books £20. ‘Companionable, crisp, witty…’ (Warren Keith Wright OPERA).
Jehanne Wake Sisters of Fortune: The First American Heiresses to take Europe by Storm Chatto & Windus £25. ‘Jehanne Wake has uncovered, and animated, a whole new lost world’ (Christopher Hawtree The Independent)