Books for Christmas Giving

Victoria, here.  For all Anglophiles, books can be a favorite way to travel to Britain, even if only inside you head...and every day we hear of more to tempt us.  Here are a few which might find their way into your letter to Santa.



Mrs. Queen Takes the Train is a fun romp to tickle your funny bone.  I enjoyed it.  Kuhn has also written non-fiction, and I am currently in the middle of his bio of Disraeli.  http://www.williamkuhn.com/




The Last Lion: Defender of the Realm 1940-65 by William Manchester, as completed by Paul Read, is a large volume and I am looking forward to reading in January.  One can never get quiet enough of Old Winnie.





It is the third  and final volume of Manchester's Churchill biography.  The others are The Last Lion: Visions of Glory and The Last Lion: Alone 1932-1940  (1988). William Raymond Manchester ( 1922 – 2004) was an American author, biographer, and historian from Springfield, Massachusetts.  He was the bestselling author of eighteen 18 books and was awarded the National Humanities Medal and the Abraham Lincoln Literary Award.

For more information, click here.

For more information on Paul Reid and his role in completing the last volume, click here.


The famous and infamous life of Richard Burton is examined in his own words in The Richard Burton Diaries edited by Chris Williams.  Some reviews had concentrated on the infamous parts, but there are also many intriguing insights into his life and career, beyond Elizabeth Taylor and their associated scandals.





For those who have gifts to buy for kids ages 8-12, check out Hollow Earth by John Barrowman and Carole E. Barrowman.  London twins discover their ability to go into paintings and bring artistic images to life -- but it's not all good!




The novel is about twins Matt and Emily ("Em") Calder who share an ability that allows them to make artwork come to life, due to their powerful imaginations. Their ability is sought after by antagonists who wish to use it in order to breach Hollow Earth—a realm in which all demons and monsters are trapped

The book has been described by Sarah Swain of The Herald as a Scottish-style version of Harry Potter. For more, click here.       

I can also recommend the wonderful book on house I wrote about here on November 8, 2012: The Life of the House: How Rooms Evolve by Henrietta Spencer-Churchill.





 And watch for my upcoming blog about English Country House Interiors by author Jeremy Musson with brilliant photographs by Paul Barker and Country Life.  Both of these scrumptious books are from Rizzoli.