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    Books to Read: A to Z Edition [Affiliate]

    I have a bad habit. A rather terrible habit that drives Mr Kiwi pretty crazy – I’m one of the biggest bookworms I know – and believe me, I know a few. So I thought I’d pop together this ‘books to read’ list A to Z edition, because who doesn’t love a list! Disclosure: post contains affiliate links – but is no extra cost to you.

    Books to Read

    You’re thinking, “that’s not such a bad habit it’s not illegal, doesn’t hurt anyone and has no more than 0.000000000001% gang affiliation” (I’m talking the Librarian Crew), but I’m not sure you understand how bad my problem is. 

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    9 fantasy books perfect for a little escapism

    I don’t know about you, but this seems like the perfect time to curl up with a few stories of magic, mysticism and lands beyond our wildest dreams. These 9 fantasy books perfect for a little escapism might just be what you need – I know I’ve pulled them out again for a second (or third) read. Disclosure: post contains affiliate links – but is no extra cost to you.

    9 fantasy books perfect for a little escapism

    I loved these 9 fantasy books so much, I’ve dusted off my book review series just for them. All of these novels are well written, have great character development, incredible multi-faceted female characters and all of them are page-turners that I found myself reading until 3am. And then compulsively ordering the next book in the series. I’m fairly sure I found a few of these 9 fantasy books through Amanda’s recommendations and Audrey Louise’s extensive library of recommendations. They’ve never steered me wrong.

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    Hotel Review Stratford-upon-Avon: Alveston Manor Hotel and Spa

    Stratford-upon-Avon is somewhere that everyone should visit at least once in their lives. It’s a tourist mecca, but for a reason with a history that holds proud and literary links to Shakespeare, making it a great place to spend a little time. We picked Alveston Manor Hotel and Spa for several reasons, and loved every sun-soaked minute that we stayed there.

    Stratford Upon Avon Alveston Manor Hotel Adventures of a London Kiwi

    We’ve visited before, years ago as a day trip from London, but this time it was to rest, relax and explore quietly after a very busy few months.

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    Visiting the National Maritime Museum: The Emma, Lady Hamilton – Seduction and Celebrity Exhibition

    She was the Kim Kardashian of the early 18th Century. No, actually, Kim K wishes she was half the person that Emma, Lady Hamilton became. Rising from a penny-scraping existence on the wrong side of the law, she won the heart of national hero Lord Nelson (that’s where the allegory doesn’t quite match), became friends with Marie Antoinette, developed from a household chattel to a titled Lady, was a household celebrity mauled in the press, saved a Royal Family from danger, was a muse to artist George Romney and sadly died in penury despite her perceived services to the realm.

    Maritime Museum Greenwich Emma Hamilton Exhibition Seduction and Celebrity Adventures of a London Kiwi

    Maritime Museum Greenwich Emma Hamilton Exhibition Seduction and Celebrity Adventures of a London Kiwi

    I’ve long been fascinated by this historical character whom I (and
    about 15 people in my high school at any one time) shared a name with. After reading most of the books published about Emma Hamilton, when I heard that the National Maritime Museum in Greenwich were running an exhibition, I did a typical Londoner thing and made a mental note before forgetting entirely about visiting. Luckily, Twitter came to the rescue, and when the museum ran a special whereby Emma’s could visit the exhibit for free one weekend I managed to lure the lovely Claire into a spot of brunch and a wander through history.

    Born Amy Lyon, to a Blacksmith and his wife in a small Cheshire village called Ness, Emma moved to the bright lights of London to work as a maid before being lured into the seedy world of prostitution. After a few service jobs (one notably in Drury Lane) Emma subsequently
    works as a model, dancer, working girl, hostess and entertainer before
    falling pregnant to Sir Harry Featherstonhaugh.

    Maritime Museum Greenwich Emma Hamilton Exhibition Seduction and Celebrity Adventures of a London Kiwi

    Maritime Museum Greenwich Emma Hamilton Exhibition Seduction and Celebrity Adventures of a London Kiwi

    Cast aside because of the pregnancy, she falls in love with his friend Greville and becomes his mistress. Emma is educated, tamed and domesticated and begins to find
    notoriety posing for the painter George Romney before being sent to Naples (effectively as a chattel) where
    at the age of 26 she eventually marries Sir William Hamilton aged 60, the British Envoy to Naples.

     Maritime Museum Greenwich Emma Hamilton Exhibition Seduction and Celebrity Adventures of a London Kiwi

    Crazy, no? And that isn’t even the tip of her story.

     Maritime Museum Greenwich Emma Hamilton Exhibition Seduction and Celebrity Adventures of a London Kiwi

    As the sun began to set we ambled around the museum, two bloggers amidst hoards of excited kids and distracted parents, solving a few of the world’s problems (us, not the kids) whilst we admired a few of the beautiful displays of the ornate nautical history from the British Empire. Having not visited in years – the last time with my sea-faring Naval Dad – I was reminded just how much easily accessed culture there is in London. As a kid who was armed with a heavy encyclopaedia book set on the other side of the world to most historical happenings, the ability to literally touch history still boggles my mind.

     Maritime Museum Greenwich Emma Hamilton Exhibition Seduction and Celebrity Adventures of a London Kiwi

    Maritime Museum Greenwich Emma Hamilton Exhibition Seduction and Celebrity Adventures of a London Kiwi

    Anyway, usual ramblings aside, we both loved the exhibition. Agreeing that it was just the right length – perfect for an Emma enthusiast (though honestly, who doesn’t love an Emma) like me as well as my lovely companion – her personal story is beautifully delivered through gorgeously arranged sets, original artworks hung in gilded frames and the brilliant use of video nooks draped with flowing chiffon that Emma definitely would have approved of.

    Open until April, even at the full ticket price, the Emma, Lady Hamilton – Seduction and Celebrity Exhibition is really reasonable. Entry to the main National Maritime Museum exhibits is free – though they hope that donations are popped into the usual boxes where possible.

    Maritime Museum Greenwich Emma Hamilton Exhibition Seduction and Celebrity Adventures of a London Kiwi

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    Baroness Jean Trumpington – Coming Up Trumps, A Memoir [Affiliate]

    As a child I never really found anyone who I wanted to idolise. Pop stars were too stratospheric (even the Spice Girls), iconic designers too bourgeoisie and TV stars simply weren’t 3D. In my late 20s, I have finally found someone – Jean Alys Barker, Baroness Jean Trumpington, born 23 October 1922. Disclosure: post contains affiliate links – but is no extra cost to you.

    Jean Trumpington, Coming Up Trumps - A Memoir

    Many people live normal lives, loving their families, working as close to a 9-5 as they can get away with, holidaying in the sunshine and trying to stay out of trouble. That wasn’t ever going to be the case for Jean Trumpington (as told in her memoir Coming Up Trumps.). Educated privately to a Major in the Bengal Lancers and an American Heiress, she left school aged 15 having never taken an exam before being sent to Paris to study art and literature. Her family moved in circles of privilege (which included the then Prince of Wales, later the Duke of Windsor, and his paramour Wallis Simpson) before the Wall Street crash dampened their fortunes slightly. By her Mother’s standards anyway.

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