The book of the blog – huzzah!
The Violent Abuse of Women in 17th and 18th Century Britain by Geoffrey Pimm
Unbelievable but sadly very believable.
Convicts in the Colonies: Transportation Tales from Britain to Australia by Lucy Williams
Useful book telling stories of transportation to Australia.
Vanity Fair by William Makepeace Thackeray
Brilliant, of course, but you should skip most of the last half.
Mad Blood Stirring by Simon Mayo
Fictional treatment of the little-known fate of US prisoners of war in Dartmoor Prison at the end of the War of 1812-14.
Father of the Modern Circus: ‘Billy Buttons’: The Life & Times of Philip Astley by Steve Ward
An interesting and efficient biography of a noted impresario.