“I shall eat Ice & drink French wine, & be above Vulgar Economy.”


…So wrote Jane Austen to her sister Cassandra while Jane was visiting their brother Edward.

These days it is a rare person who is not thinking of economizing (“Can we retrench?”) so naturally this last month I purchased more books…..

In case you are shaking your heads in dismay right now, I must say in my defense that my son took me to a book fair where I found about seven books in seven minutes. This after a long discussion with my husband about how we must watch our pennies (Retrench!). I saved lots of pennies! The books were dirt cheap!

Then there were others I simply HAD to have. A book on the battle of Badajoz, for example, which figures in my next book. And, of course, Todd mentioned reading a book about Dukes so I had to have that one, too.

Here are my Book Fair finds:
The Mammoth Book of Soldiers at War: Firsthand Accounts of Warfare from the Age of Napoleon, Jon E. Lewis, ed. $3.50

The War of Wars: The Great European Conflict 1793-1815, by Robert Harvey $7.50

No Ordinary General: Lt. General Sir Henry Bunbury (1778-1860) The Best Soldier Historian, by Desmond Gregory $4.00

Though the Heavena May Fall: The Landmark Trial That Led to the End of Human Slavery by Steven M. Wise $6.00

Sir Robert Walpole’s Poet: The Use of Literature as Pro-Government Propaganda, 1721-1742, by Tone Sundt Urstad $5.00

Tea: Addiction, Exploitation, and Empire, by Roy Moxham $5.00

The Making of Victorian Values: Decency & Dissent in Britain: 1789-1837, by Ben Wilson (I almost purchased this one full-price of $27.95 a year ago) $7.00

National Geographic Traveler: Great Britain $6.50

The Other Books:

Amazing Grace: The Great Days of Dukes, by ES Turner (the book Todd made me buy)


A Mad, Bad & Dangerous People: England 1783-1846, by Boyd Hilton

Chivalry & Command: 500 Years of Horse Guards, by Brian Harwood

Rites of Peace: The Fall of Napoleon and The Congress of Vienna, by Adam Zamoyski

Dancing into Battle: A Social History of the Battle of Waterloo, by Nick Foulkes

Badajoz 1812: Wellington’s Bloodiest Siege, by Ian Fletcher

These I bought earlier this summer:

The Battle: A New History of Waterloo, by Alessandro Barbero (Translated by John Cullen)

1815: An End and A Beginning, by John Fisher

This was a gift:


Regency Recollections: Captain Gronow’s Guide to Life in London and Paris, Christopher Summerville, ed.

Last but not least:

From Australia, a trilogy: Innocence and Impropriety, The Vanishing Viscountess, and Scandalising the Ton, by Diane Gaston, Harlequin Australia.

Get a load of the nice medieval cover…..

What ‘s the best book buy you’ve made lately?

AND EVERYONE IN THE USA, TOMORROW PLEASE PLEASE PLEASE GET OUT AND VOTE!!!!

About diane

Diane Gaston is the RITA award-winning author of Historical Romance for Harlequin Historical and Mills and Boon, with books that feature the darker side of the Regency. Formerly a mental health social worker, she is happiest now when deep in the psyches of soldiers, rakes and women who don’t always act like ladies.
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