Alcott, Louisa May - Newcastle City Council

Alcott, Louisa May - Newcastle City Council

Brooks, Geraldine March

Brooks imagines the Civil War experiences of Mr.

March, the absent father in Louisa May Alcott's

Little Women. An idealistic Concord cleric, March

becomes a Union chaplain and later finds himself

assigned to be a teacher on a cotton plantation

that employs freed slaves. His narrative begins

with cheerful letters home, but he gradually

reveals to the reader what he does not to his

family: the cruelty and racism of Northern and

Southern soldiers, the violence and suffering,

and his reunion with Grace, a beautiful, educated

slave whom he met years earlier as a

Connecticut peddler to the plantations. The novel

drives home the intimate horrors and ironies of

the Civil War and the difficulty of living honestly

with the knowledge of human suffering.

Butcher, Tim

Blood River

Ever since Stanley first charted its mighty river in

the 1870s, the Congo has epitomised the dark

and turbulent history of a failed continent.

However, its troubles only served to increase the

interest of "Daily Telegraph" correspondent Tim

Butcher, who was sent to cover Africa in 2000.

Before long he became obsessed with the idea of

recreating Stanley's original expedition, except

travelling alone, despite warnings from old Africa

hands that his plan was 'suicidal'! Butcher's

journey was a remarkable feat. But the story of

the Congo told expertly and vividly in this book,

is more remarkable still.

Byrne, Paula

Perdita : The Life of Mary Robinson

Sex fame and scandal in the theatrical, literary

and social circles of late 18 th Century England.

One of the most flamboyant women of her time,

Mary Robinson’s life was marked by reversals of


Byrski, Liz

Gang of Four

The story of four very different journeys and a

celebration of women in their prime of life. They

have been close friends for almost two decades,

supporting each other through personal and

professional crises.

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