Review: The Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Society (Film)

Knowing that a film adaptation was to be released within the year, I borrowed the audiobook of The Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Pie Society from my local library in the spring. I devoured it. It quickly became one of my very favorite books due to its themes of friendship, following your heart, and book love. Books lovers are suckers for books about other book lovers, aren’t …

Review: A Victorian Lady’s Guide to Fashion and Beauty

Mimi Matthews makes another appearance at The Lazy Historian for one of her lovely books and, once again, has written a fantastic, well-researched non-fiction book. (Go read my review for The Pug Who Bit Napoleon.) A Victorian Lady’s Guide to Fashion and Beauty is Matthews’ newest publication and, like many books from Pen & Sword, it’s small but mighty. It’s a dense book of Victorian …

Review: The Home for Unwanted Girls

(I won’t get into specifics but if child abuse is triggering for you, I’d avoid this one.) I enjoy historical fiction because it is the only form of time travel available to me. I would never want to actually live in the past, but seeing how other people existed and endured during a different time is fascinating to me. In Joanna Goodman’s new novel, The Home …

Reaction: Mary Queen of Scots Trailer

You may want to avoid this post if you’re the type to avoid watching movie trailers because of spoilers. Because I’ve got FEELINGS ABOUT IT. Man, I really gotta stop getting my hopes up when it comes to historical accuracy in films. Y’all know I’m a Tudor girl. I adore Saoirse Ronan and I really liked Margot Robbie in I, Tonya so I was excited, if a little …

The WIVES Audiobook is Here!

I’m happy to announce that the audiobook for The Lazy Historian’s Guide to the Wives of Henry VIII is now available on Audible and iTunes. Audible | iTunes   You can’t spell “Tudor dynasty” without getting “nasty.” So, you’ve watched The Tudors and you’ve read Wolf Hall, but do you know the real story of Catherine, Anne, Jane, Anne, Katheryn and Katherine? (Best name for an all-woman post-medieval law …

Review: The Fair Fight by Anna Freeman

I don’t know if I’ve just been missing out on great books or if I’ve just been really lucky at picking what historical fiction to read, but once again, the novel I’m reviewing was absolutely fantastic. This time, it was The Fair Fight by Anna Freeman. It’s glorious. (That’s just one of its many different covers on the right. I’ve seen at least two others online.) …

Review: The Witch of Lime Street

I recently finished reading David Jaher’s fascinating non-fiction book, The White of Lime Street: Séance, Seduction, and Houdini in the Spirit World. I adored it. Spiritualism first arrived in America in the mid-1800s with the Fox sisters, mediums who used the cracking of their ankles to fake their way to ghost communication fame. This was soon after the end of the American Civil War so there …

Review: A Georgian Heroine

Note: this review contains spoilers and references to sexual violence. This book was sent to me by Pen and Sword Books in exchange for an honest review. I was pretty excited when I heard about this A Georgian Heroine: The Intriguing Life of Rachel Charlotte Williams Biggs by Joanne Major and Sarah Murden. Major and Murden specialize in digging up the history of lesser known …

The Lazy Historian Shop has launched!

As some of you may know, I’m a graphic designer as well as a writer. I’ve been working on designs and graphics for the Lazy Historian Shop for several months now and I’m pleased to announce the official launch of the shop. We’ve got t-shirts, we’ve got tote bags. We’ve got tank tops and hoodies. We’ve got travel mugs, notebooks, coffee mugs, cards, clocks, framed …