Nicolson’s book about her female ancestors brings to mind George Orwell’s words: “England is the most class-ridden country under the sun ... a land of snobbery and privilege.”
Two of the author’s female ancestors featured here achieved something: Pepita, the author’s great, great grandmother, a Spanish dancer, and Vita Sackville-West, the author’s grandmother, the writer and horticulturalist of Sissinghurst fame.
East by Edith Pattou. Another version of the Norse Fairy-tale "East of the Sun, West of the Moon." I've read the "Sun and Moon, Ice and Snow" by Jessica Day George. I loved that version, and am almost finished with this one. I love these stories and would recommend them to everyone.