The following books that I recommend won’t be an entire book review, but merely just enough information for you to peruse, to see if you would like it, or if you want to read it. I have read the books thoroughly, and have decided to write down bits and pieces that I like, and what you might find interesting, or have just written enough information for you to decide whether you would like to buy it or not!
Here are four brilliant british books to buy:
1. Our Queen by Robert Hardman
In Britain, Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II is not just the longest reigning monarch in history, but is a red-double decker bus with two legs, and Prince William says ‘she’s incredible’. She works hard professionally and this book is an in-depth study and portrait of our Queen today.
“It is a study of a thoroughly modern monarch.” – (Introduction, page 3)
Chapter 1 talks about her achievements – It opens up with this statement – “She’s really determined to finish everything she started”. I honestly thought that is an excellent statement to describe the working life of a monarch.
She is the most popular figure in British public life and is emblematic about the ‘Old Britain’ and the New Britain, and being devoted to the Church of England, and the Commonwealth, historians see it as one of her greatest achievements.
I particularly liked how it said about her taking her ‘nation’ role very seriously, just as her coronation vow to preserve the settlement of the church of England. Consider this statement:
“The Sovereign acts as a focus for national identity, unity and pride; gives a sense of stability and continuity; officially recognises success and excellence, and supports the ideal of voluntary service.”
William Shawcross of the Evening Standard says about the book “Hardler is the best chronicler of the monarchy writing in the British press today, superbly well-informed, witty and wise.”
One thing I didn’t know was that when she visited the British Office of Google in 2008, her private secretary came up with an idea of using her head on their website. So, for one day only, the second G on google’s website was replaced with the Sovereign’s head. How cool is that? I wish I had’ve seen that back then!
With some Queen Victoria green tea, which I am trying to drink more of instead of Lipton tea, which is apparently not as good for you than chamomile or any other herbal tea, it is completely invigorating for the senses. ☕️ but I have become obsessed with PG Tips, especially after knowing it is Julie Andrews favourite tea. I bought it to try it out, and I can see why she loves it!
2. The Book of the British Library by Michael Leapman
It is sectioned by chapters called The Caretaker, Foundations, Growing Pains, The New Library, Making History and Tales of the unexpected to name a few.
This is a binding from the Old Royal Library incorporating Henry the Eighths arms, c. 1540. Which I thought was fascinating to add.
Known as the Old Royal Library, it was and still remains an extensive and comprehensive aggregation of books and manuscripts, with the oldest material in it dating from the 8th century.
Henry the 8th had practical use for books and had a number of theological books.
I love the sound of the art and antiquities in the British Library’s collections.
The British Museum and the library as well, opened to the public at Montague House in January 1759.
This picture below is the original British Museum at Montague House.
In words and these stunning pictures, this book pretty much tells the story of the creation of the library, its development and explores significant items, such as manuscripts like Gutenberg bible, Jane Eyre and such of masterpieces just as it says in the book jacket on the left side of the book.
There are world maps and works inspired by famous people and writers.
I could write MUCH more!!!! But I don’t want to bore you with overloaded information that doesn’t seem relevant for just small reviews.
The book is only about $20.
3. Wuthering Heights – Emily Bronte
This is the only novel that Emily Bronte ever published, set in 19th century England, (the Yorkshire moors) a wealthy young lady Catherine who lives at Wuthering Heights with her family, the Earnshaws and Mr. Earnshaw brings home a young boy, Heathcliffe who is a orphan from Liverpool.
There are other supporting characters involved, Edgar and Isabella Linton who live at Thrushcross Grange and are complete opposites of Catherine and Heathcliffe. They welcome Catherine into their home, but shun Heathcliffe, as soon as Catherine spends more time with Edgar, Heathcliff gets jealous, and ends up leaving Wuthering Heights.
During this time, Catherine and Edgar end up getting married (I didn’t want to spoil it) but Heathcliffe ends up coming back and lives with Hindley and marries Isabella which is Edgar’s sister!
A little while after Heathcliffes marriage, Catherine has a baby called Cathy but during the process she passes away.
Heathcliffe becomes revengeful and tries to take control of Wuthering Heights and Thrushcross Grange and anything that holds dear to Edgar.
He forces Cathy to marry his son, Linton. Because of this he now has ahold of Wuthering Heights property and when Edgar dies he has ahold of Thrushcross Grange and basically in the end he reunited with Catherine in death.
It is classic British romantic literature at its best that is widely read and studied for English Language in England and all over the world. It is quite challenging at times but a good read for the plane or just in the corner of your lounge room.
This Royal guard purse is from the Westminster Abbey Shop.
I only JUST got this from the library, so this is my current reading material. I particularly like the type of writing as it is an epistolary novel written by one of England’s early novelists. It was published in 1740.
It is a series of letters written by a 15 year-old Pamela Andrews to her parents, all about her tribulations as a servant in the house of Mr. B, and is persistently pursued by her dead mistress’s son. Although she is somewhat attracted to him, she strives to keep her morals and standards high amidst times of him wanting to pursue her.
An illustration of a servant heroine who dares to maintain herself. A humorous and lively account of Pamela and comprises a various cast of characters, ranging from the flamboyant and malicious Mrs Jewkes, to the belligerent and unpleasant country landowner who serves in this different love story as both its wrongdoer and its hero.
You can also get it on Kindle for just $1.13
I have a feeling I will totally enjoy Pamela because of the writing style. I love the “English” feel it has and although it has a bit of a thing about a guy wanting to rape her, I think apart from that scenario, I have an avidity to bury myself within the pages of a highly regarded author’s writing and examine a proper, particular and solid English type of Reading. It’s not too hard to read and is quite eloquent in the way it is presented.
It does use words such as ‘thee’ and ‘thou’ and ‘dost’ but very seldom, so as not to be too heavy or verbose.
Do you like my pink Westminster Abbey bookmark?
I am truly content with reading “Pamela” at the moment, and will hopefully feel inspired to continue to write with eloquence.