Search Results: "John Julius Norwich"


BOOK REVIEW

Released: Oct. 7, 2003

"Engaging essays informed by first-rate scholarship and leavened with deep affection."
A leading authority on Venice offers a series of lovely, closely related essays on significant visitors to the city during the 19th century. Read full book review >

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NON-FICTION
Released: April 4, 2017

"Bad behavior makes for entertaining history, and age has not diminished Norwich's skills, so readers may gnash their teeth but will continue to turn the pages."
In the decades after 1500, four energetic rulers jockeyed for pre-eminence in a turbulent Europe. Read full book review >

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SICILY by John Julius Norwich
NON-FICTION
Released: July 21, 2015

"Richly nuanced history relayed with enormous fondness."
The eminent British historian returns to a subject and place that inspired his first book 50 years ago. Read full book review >

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NON-FICTION
Released: July 12, 2011

"Norwich doesn't skirt controversies, ancient and present, in this broad, clear-eyed assessment."
From the disciple Peter to the reigning Benedict, accomplished British historian Norwich (The Middle Sea: A History of the Mediterranean, 2006, etc.) fashions a spirited, concise chronicle of the accomplishments of the most noteworthy popes. Read full book review >

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NON-FICTION
Released: March 1, 2000

"Entrancing historical interpretation, perfectly cast. (Color and b&w illus.)"
Noted historian Norwich (Byzantium, 1989, etc.) takes a brilliantly nuanced look at the relations between England's kings and Shakespeare's plays. Read full book review >

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BYZANTIUM: The Early Centuries by John Julius Norwich
Released: March 25, 1989

The first of a projected three-volume popular history of the Byzantine Empire, this work from Norwich (A Taste For Travel: An Anthology, 1987, A History of Venice, 1982) is fact-filled and breezy, but without any real depth. Read full book review >

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BYZANTIUM by John Julius Norwich
NON-FICTION
Released: Jan. 20, 1992

"Not a world in which many would want to live, but, in this superbly enjoyable overview, well worth any reader's visit. (Thirty-two pages of photographs, 16 in color—not seen.)"
Norwich combines wonderfully deadpan humor and a keen appreciation for the narrative potential of popular history in this delightful second installment in his projected three-volume study of the Byzantine Empire. Read full book review >

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BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Aug. 14, 2014

"Warm, shrewd and glowing with love for her son, these letters offer an indelible portrait of an extraordinary woman and her vanished world."
A mother's letters to her son illuminate British history. Read full book review >

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SHINING by Julius Lester
by Julius Lester, illustrated by John Clapp
CHILDREN'S
Released: Oct. 1, 2003

"Like a piece of sophisticated music, this will engender profound emotional responses—but younger readers may have trouble grasping its subtler themes. (illustrator note) (Picture book. 9-12)"
Lester looks to the silence that gives meaning to the noise all around us in this powerfully told original tale, as deep-eyed faces alive with character peer from Clapp's sweeping, shadowy accompanying art. Read full book review >

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70 A.D. by Michael Norwich
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Dec. 23, 2013

"Makes for a memorable journey through turbulent ancient times thanks to a sharp, judgmental narrator.
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Debut historical fiction centered on Jerusalem in the first century. Read full book review >

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LEARNING TO DRIVE by William Norwich
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: May 1, 1996

"An uneasy blend of satire and mourning, unleavened by either society dish or genuine insight."
In Vogue columnist Norwich's lead-footed debut, a tabloid- ready tale of fatal mayhem on the way to the Department of Motor Vehicles is punctuated with slightly more affecting flashbacks to the not-yet-licensed driver's sad childhood. Read full book review >

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MY MRS. BROWN by William Norwich
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: April 12, 2016

"Like its main character, appealing, sweet, old-fashioned—and, at heart, very sad."
An unassuming yet magnetic older woman becomes possessed by the notion of acquiring an Oscar de la Renta dress. Read full book review >