“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?


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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