It’s a red letter day for me – my new book entitled ” An Illustrated Introduction to the Georgians” has been published by those lovely people at Amberley, and it is already available both in paperback and on Kindle, via Amazon.
Why an introduction? Well, I am sure there are people out there who perhaps slept through most of their History lectures at school, especially when they were all about some loony German kings, all called George and none of them with a sense of humour. Now they may have moved on, to appreciate the finer things in life such as the novels of Jane Austen, and may be interested in finding out more about what happened,when it happened, and who made it happen etc. It is, as they say, ‘lavishly illustrated’ which is another way of saying I had to lay my hands on the best part of a hundred pictures, for which I am eternally grateful to people like the staff at the Lewis Walpole Library, the Metropolitan Museum of Art and the Yale Center for British Art.
What do I like about it? Well, it is not too heavy (I can’t stand a book which I cannot read in a single session, which means that War and Peace is a definite no-no. The trouble is I often read in the bath, which means that I get wrinkles on my wrinkles if the book is too long!). So this one fits the bill exactly. Oh, and it has quite a few Gillray and Rowlandson cartoons, as you would expect, and the text has been broken up with boxed-out sections every so often so that I can give a bit more detail about things which take my fancy. It makes it easy to read if, like me, you have the attention span of a gnat.
I would have loved to have done it without mentioning a single King called George, but it proved impossible and anyway, they do kind of help it all hang together. So do I recommend it as a Christmas present? You bet, but then I would say that, wouldn’t I? But at under a tenner it is excellent value, and if nothing else will come in very handy as a means of adjusting a wobbly table leg, swatting flies, or generally just finding out a bit about those amazing Georgians. Did I manage to cram in the entire history in a hundred pages? Of course not. Did I include every one of the giants who strode across the stage in the Eighteenth Century? No, but then it wouldn’t have been an introduction. I hope you will find it fun, and readable fun at that, and if you enjoy reading it as much as I enjoyed writing it, you should be in for a good Christmas!
The link to the UK arm of Amazon is here. Checking the Amazon.com site gives details of the book here but it suggests that the book is not yet available for sale, but where the UK leads, America and the rest of the world is sure to follow very soon!