Selected for Richard & Judy's Book Club 2005
Mary Robinson was one of the most flamboyant women of the late-eighteenth century. After being raised by a middle-class father, Mary was married, age 14, to Thomas Robinson. His dissipated lifestyle landed the couple and their baby in debtors' prison, where Mary wrote her first book of poetry. On her release, Mary quickly became one of the most popular actresses of the day, famously playing Perdita in The Winter’s Tale for a rapt audience that included the Prince of Wales, who fell madly in love with her. This authoritative and engaging book presents a fascinating portrait of a woman who was, variously, darling of the London stage, an admired poet and a mistress to the most powerful men in England.
Audiobook of the Month
Love, Love Me Do - Mark Haysom
An astonishing debut from Mark Haysom, Love, Love Me Do is set in 1963 - the year the Beatles first top the charts and the year Martin Luther King has a dream. It is utterly original, sweet and funny. Not one to pass by!
1963. Truman Bird moves his family from their Brighton home to a dilapidated caravan in the Ashdown Forest - then disappears. A charmer, a chancer, a liar - he's always got away with it, but now he only has one day to put things right... For Truman's wife, Christie, life has not turned out.