Friday, June 09, 2017

Choices from Woodbine Books

Book of the week

The Husband Hunters (Anne de Courcy)

With echoes of the spirit of Downton Abbey, this is a sparkling social history of the 'Dollar Princesses', the young American heiresses who married into the English aristocracy.
Towards the end of the nineteenth century and for the first few years of the twentieth, a strange invasion took place in Britain. The citadel of power, privilege and breeding in which the titled, land-owning governing class had barricaded itself for so long was breached. The invaders were a group of young women who, fifty years earlier, would have been looked on as the alien denizens of another world — the New World, to be precise. From 1874 — the year that Jennie Jerome, the first known 'Dollar Princess', married Randolph Churchill — to 1905, dozens of young American heiresses married into the British peerage, bringing with them all the fabulous wealth, glamour and sophistication of the Gilded Age.

Anne de Courcy sets the stories of these young women and their families in the context of their times. Based on extensive first-hand research, drawing on diaries, memoirs and letters, this richly entertaining group biography reveals what they thought of their new lives in England — and what England thought of them.

Something different

Nature's Secret Adventures
Nature's Hidden Adventures (Shane Casey)

Nature's Secret Adventures and Nature's Hidden Adventures tell the stories of a variety of animal characters including pygmy shrews, mayflies, hedgehogs, swifts and bumblebees,

The books are made dyslexia-friendly through use of a special font, use of a specific printing techniques including text and background colours, spacing after punctuation, font justification etc. The books are suitable for readers 6 years and older.