Books on Historic London

I love reading fiction, but I also get a big thrill out of reading historical non-fiction ( I'm odd that way). At the moment, I'm in the middle of researching my next book so I'm reading a hearty helping of non-fiction history. Here are some of the books I am enjoying.

The Regency Underworld by Donald A. Low. A look at the lowlifes, gamblers and grifters of Jane Austen's time.

Harriette Wilson's Memoirs: The Greatest Courtesan of Her Age edited by Lesley Blanc- This is a Regency England era tell all book in which the narrator doesn't hold back. The biggest names of the Regency from Beau Brummel to the Duke of Wellington make appearances in this lady's memoirs. Written in the style of the era, it isn't the breeziest of reads and the author is a bit scattered, but she's fun and frank and well worth the time.

Victorian London: The Tale of A City 1840-1870 by Liza Picard  - Everything you wanted to know about Victorian London from medicine to museums. Be glad you weren't sick back then.

Upstairs and Downstairs: The Illustrated Guide to the Real World of Downton Abbey by Sarah Warwick. If you love Downton Abbey and want to learn more about the less than glamorous life of an Edwardian servant, this book is for you. It's light reading with lots of vintage photos. It makes me glad I wasn't a working woman back then.



Jei Crochet said...

Hi Georgie Lee! I nominated you for the libster award. I hope you visit my blog to answer the 11 questions. here is the link:


Lisa Newlin said...

I had no idea I wanted to learn anything about Victorian London until I read your summary. :-)

Anonymous said...

I love a good salacious memoir! That Henrietta Wilson one looks damn good - I've been needing to find some new reads and these could do quite nicely :)

Karina MITU said...

Hi Georgie Lee,
I like the reviews of the books. They are not subjects I would have thought about, but I do like non-fiction every once in a while.

Thank you for linking up with us on the Thumping Thursdays Blog Hop.


Tara R. said...

I enjoying reading history in school, I just couldn't remember all the names, dates and events in order. These books sound very interesting... as long as there won't be a test.

OldDogNewTits said...

What Tara said! Wow. I really need to jump on this Downton Abbey bandwagon, don't I? Until recently, I thought it was DownTOWN Abbey. That's how pathetically out of touch I am. Apparently.

Great entry, Miss Georgie. You've actually piqued my interest on this subject. The subject of LEARNING that is. :)

Thanks for playing.

Unknown said...

Hello & congratulations on being Nominated for the Liebster Blog Award. Stopping in to say hello ~ I have been an avid book worm since way back when!

XmasDolly said...

Thanks for stopping by & following too & I am also following you GFC & G+. Have a great day! You really should get rid of CAPTCHA... I've had many readers tell me when they see that they delete their comment & move on because they don't want to take the time in case they're wrong at guessing. :(

GL Tomas said...

So happy to hop around to other blogs and see what other's summer reads are =D

I'm a new follower so i look forward to your future posts and future reviews.I hope that I can get tons of recommendations from any reviews you may write and hope i can see you hop around to one of my blogs as well. If it interests you, show your support by following =) With GFC going away soon, i figured i'd follow via email as well!

Your new follower,Guinevere

According to Mags... said...

This is fantastic! I love your summaries. I also love your description as a "Breezy" read. I'm all about not thinking too hard when I'm reading in the summer. Wonderful picks. :P Thanks for linking up!

Kristen said...

All these sound great !

New follower via GFC
Kristen @OCA

Unknown said...

An obsessed Downton fan right here Georgie Lee! I guess I need to get my hands on this Upstairs, Downstairs book pronto. I'm a sucker for historical fiction as well. Thanks for the great suggestions.

Brooke @

Trish said...

Oh I'm definitely checking out that last book!
trish - my follow friday

Nicole @ Feed Your Fiction Addiction said...

Enjoy your summer reading! New follower via GFC and Google+.

Nicole @ Feed Your Fiction Addiction

Unknown said...

Hi there. I jotted a couple of titles down from your blog that look interesting. Looks great here! I'm also a mom who reads and writes to all kinds of things going on in the background! :)
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Have a great weekend.

Unknown said...

I'm a new follower via GFC. I like to just read anything in the summer, especially Nicholas Sparks.
I'd love it if you could come over to my blog to check it out and to follow me as well.
Thanks heaps,
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