Reviews

Mini Reviews: prison, poetry, dragons and depression

As I mentioned in my recent monthly round-up, I haven’t really felt like writing full reviews for things recently, especially given how much I read last month. I don’t like to leave so many completely undocumented though, and I enjoyed doing the last set of mini-reviews, so here are four more short reviews for some of the books I’ve read recently.

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Book Review: The Fall of the House of Byron: Scandal and Seduction in Georgian England by Emily Brand

While the poet Lord Byron is well-known as being ‘mad, bad and dangerous to know’, as it turns out his ancestors may have had something to do with that reputation. Byron’s heritage is full of adventures and wealth but also ruin, promiscuity, and even murder. Emily Brand’s meticulously researched history of the Byron family draws on correspondence of the Byrons and those who knew them, newspaper and tabloid reports of the family’s doings, and other historical records to paint a portrait of the lineage of one of literature’s most notorious poets.

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Book Review: Peaky Blinders – The Real Story by Carl Chinn

The television show Peaky Blinders brought Birmingham’s interwar backstreets to life when it introduced us to the violent and compelling Shelby family. Noted historian and Brummy-born Carl Chinn delves into the Black Country’s archives to find out who the real peaky blinders were, separating fact from fiction and showing what a devastating effect this early 20th century gang violence had on working class Birmingham, and how it spilled onto the nation’s racecourses.

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