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Thereby hangs a tale… I write of Bring up the Bodies, Hilary Mantel’s riveting bestselling sequel to her Booker award winner, Wolf Hall. The tale of Henry VIII is well chronicled, and in recent years formed the pivot of the … Continue reading
Thereby hangs a tale… So, did she or didn’t she? Was she guilty or innocent? Nobody knows for certain. For the uninitiated, Lizzie Borden was accused and stood trial for the murders of her father and stepmother. As the rhyme … Continue reading
Thereby hangs a tale… Not often comes a true crime candidate worthy of the mantle “literary nonfiction.” In The Suspicions of Mr. Whicher, author Kate Summerscale accomplishes precisely that. At once a beautifully written book, this is an informative read, as … Continue reading