Ghosts in the Midi

Sepulchre by Kate Mosse The first time I read this novel, I learned it was the second book of the author's Languedoc Trilogy. Two of its minor characters, I was informed, had appeared in the first novel, Labyrinth. As I hadn't read the latter, I put the information into storage. It didn't seem especially relevant. …

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Holy Fool?

The Queen's Fool by Philippa Gregory A review I have always found Philippa Gregory's historical fiction enjoyable, and The Queen's Fool is no exception. Set at the Tudor court like so many of her other books, it gives us an 'up-close' of Queen Mary through the eyes of Hannah Green (or Verde), a teenage girl …

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Breathing New Life into the Classics

The Song of Achilles by Madeline Miller The epic poems of Homer always bear retelling. Whether in the original format or recast in one of the many variations that have appeared over the centuries, these stories of kings, heroes, gods and goddesses have the power to stir the imagination. Occasionally, a new version appears which …

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