1. Reading Like a Writer by Francine Prose. A useful,entertaining and interesting book
2. Dressed for War by Nina Edwards. Good fashion history, for fans of the Edwardian era.
4. Adventures of a Child of War by Lin Acacio-Flores. The Philippines during W W Two
5. A Passion for Paris Romanticism and Romance in the City of Light by David Downie, very strong on literary history
6. The Liberation of the Camps The End of the Holocaust and its Aftermath by Dan Stone
7. Iron Kingdom The Rise and Downfall of Prussia 1600 to 1947 by Christopher Clark, the second book by this author I read this year.
8. Wilkie Collins A Brief Life by Peter Ackroyd. Informative
9. Sicily by Julius Norwich strictly a political history
10. The Last Leopard A life of Giuseppe Tomán Lampedusa by David Gilmore. A first rate literary biography
11. Proust's Way A Field Guide in Search of Lost Time by Roger Shattuck. I found it very helpful and a pleasure to read
12. The Soul of Place A Creative Writing Work Book by Linda Lappin Full,of fascinating ideas and reading suggestions, highly recommended