April 10, 2014
After reading Pig Iron by Ben Myers I’m now reading The Queen’s Agent by John Cooper.
The Queen’s Agent By John Cooper
Story of Sir Francis Walsingham, courtier and spy chief. Don’t know alot about him other than through Geoffrey’s Rush’s portrayal of him in Kapur’s two Elizabeth films. Not read much about Elizabeth. Read much more about Henry VIII, his wives and various courtiers including Thomas Cromwell (after reading Hilary Mantel’s books about this period). Suddenly my longstanding vague interest in this period is showing itself as I work my way through the tons of books on this period.
Pig Iron was good by the way. Lead character John John Wisdom in particular. Check it out.
January 27, 2013
Just finished Godfrey Hodgson’s biography of Martin Luther King Jnr. Good book, in an earlier post I spoke about how the intro alone made me want to go to Atlanta and the rest of the book was good and seemed like a fair assessment of the man’s life. Only slight criticism was around the March on Washington. As most of these books are it was pretty chronological yet it pretty much skipped the buildup to and the actual event of the March. It was reflected on a little earlier on in the book but with such a chronological structure it’s omission felt odd and it felt like the book skipped from early 1963 to 1964. Reading it I felt the Writer felt there was too much other work out there about it, I felt he was intimidated out of writing about it. Seemed like a strange decision, the Letter from Birmingham Jail has had loads written about it but was examined in detail here. I guess it hasn’t the same kind of worldwide iconography.
Now reading The Six Wives of Henry VIII by Antonia Fraser. I don’t remember much other than Divorced, Beheaded, Died, Divorced, Beheaded, Survived but after reading Wolf Hall and Bring Up the Bodies by Hilary Mantel I’ve gotten interested in the wives. Fraser clearly as a serious reputation as a killer writer of biographies so looking forward to getting into it.