Monday, August 17, 2009

Philippa Gregory's new book

Philippa Gregory has the wonderful reputation of being "The Queen of Royal Fiction" read more here. Her new book is the White Queen and it is about Elizabeth Woodville who married a King. The setting is Tudor England.

Tuesday, August 04, 2009

Rachel Manley has a book signing

Rachel Manley, grand daughter of former Jamaican Premier Norman Manley and first daughter of former Jamaican Prime Minister, Michael Manley, is having a book signing in Jamaica today. This is her third memoir about her family. This one apparently focuses on her grandmother, Edna Manley.

Interestingly, her grandparents Edna, famous Jamaican sculptor, and Norman were not only husband and wife, they were first cousins sharing a common grandmother. Can you imagine how scandalous that was at the time? I read the first book, Drumblair, and it was an eye opener if you are interested in the Manley family. One of Edna's carvings of Jesus on the cross stands in a prominent place in a church I used to visit often in Jamaica, All Saints Anglican Church on West Street.