Home Authors Posts by Nicholas Hoare

Nicholas Hoare

We welcome feedback, but are sadly incapable of answering messages individually. This does not imply, however, that our viewers are being ignored: merely that responses must necessarily be grouped.

The Twelve Days of Christmas [correspondence] by John Julius Norwich

This delightful stocking-stuffer, of immense humour and charm, was originally published in 1998, and remains a Christmasy classic. Being "thank you" notes on the part of a well-bred lady to her invisible admirer, which...

Mog’s Christmas written and illustrated by Judith Kerr

No dissemblance here: we've been pipped at the post. Sainsbury's, a British grocery colossus, built a hugely successful video around this title, pro bono, that has since "gone viral" in England (q.v. link below), but the...

The Husband Hunters: Social Climbing in London and New York by Anne de Courcy

In the 40 years from 1874 to the outbreak of war in 1914, almost a hundred "Dollar Princesses" married into the frequently impecunious British aristocracy. Led by the redoubtable Jenny Jerome, whose marriage to...

The Crown: The Official Companion, Volume 1 by Robert Lacey

TV tie-ins are notoriously unreliable affairs, frequently cobbled together to cash in on the programmes concerned, promptly to disappear. Not so this time. The much respected historian, Robert Lacey, who is the historical consultant to...

The Vanity Fair Diaries, 1983 – 1992 by Tina Brown

As editor-in-chief of VANITY FAIR, Tina Brown was a media darling, as synonymous with society as Anna Wintour and Diana Vreeland before her. But the latter two ladies (whose journals would have been equally...

The Unfinished Palazzo: Life, Love and Art in Venice by Judith Mackrell

The names of Luisa Casati and Doris, Lady Castlerosse may well be unfamiliar, but Peggy Guggenheim may not. All three immensely wealthy ladies shared a passion for an unfinished Venetian palace, the Palazzo Venier...

Sargent’s Women: Four Lives Behind the Canvas by Donna M. Lucey

John Singer Sargent's sexual persuasion remains the subject of much speculation, yet his passion for women - particularly the well-clothed and the well-heeled - has never been in dispute. But who exactly were these...

The Young Visiters by Daisy Ashford

As opening lines go, "Mr Salteena was an elderly man of 42 and was fond of asking peaple to stay with him" is hard to beat. This comic classic, written, astoundingly, by a 9-year-old in...