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As Good as God, as Clever as the Devil

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AshTree Sat 02-May-15 20:24:41

I've just bought this book - it's one of Amazon's Daily Deals today, on offer at only 99p. It looks immensely interesting, so thought I'd share it with other readers who may not have signed up to the 'daily deal' emails.

Mishap Sat 02-May-15 20:34:27

Great minds - I too downloaded this today for 99p!!

annodomini Sat 02-May-15 20:42:53

Thanks for the recommendation. I have downloaded it and it's now on my constantly increasing TBR list.

AshTree Sat 02-May-15 21:51:01

Haha anno I can relate to that! I currently have about 45 books waiting to be read on my kindle - and that's apart from about a dozen or so print books.

loopylou Sun 03-May-15 08:34:00

Me too!
I'm accumulating books on Kindle as well as print books - I really need to be more disciplined smile

Mishap Sun 03-May-15 09:32:25

I'm glad that others are so tempted by the kindle daily deal - I have bought some rubbish, but now and again there are some true gems to be found and new (or new to me) authors to be found.

AshTree Sun 03-May-15 14:48:58

Yes Mishap I too have bought rubbish - mainly because, at just 99p it is no big deal, cheaper than a trashy magazine (which I never buy, I hasten to add wink). But as you say, sometimes you just chance on an absolute gem. Recent examples include In Falling Snow by Mary-Rose McColl, A Dog's Purpose by Bruce Cameron, The Secret Life of Bees by Sue Monk Kidd, and many more.

tanith Sun 03-May-15 16:21:09

Thanks for the recommendation I've just discovered the Kindle App for my ipad so have downloaded it and added it to my TBR list for reading when I'm on holiday. Now I don't have to take my Kindle and my ipad..

Mishap Sat 09-May-15 15:49:27

I am about half way through this book and find myself quite astonished by it. The entire Benson family (both males and females) appears to have been homosexual. Mrs Benson has repeated crushes on women and her relationships appear to have been physical, although she fights the erotic all through her life. After her husband (the archbishop) dies she shares a bed with a female friend for the rest of her life. And her sons all favour men: one takes himself off to a Greek island where his relationship with another man is not frowned upon; another works in a public school and enjoys catching glimpses of the boys undressing, and tickling them.

Not quite what I had expected from the biography of an archbishop's wife in the Victorian era! - what is amazing is how open all this was - her diaries are fairly explicit really. And close relationships between women seem to have been the order of the day.


Soutra Sat 09-May-15 21:04:12

Mishap you have said exactly what I was thinking!!
The master at the public school who was "praised" for how he tickles the boys last thing at night. My jaw dropped!
Close same sex friendships of either sex raised no eyebrows but I wonder if the homosexuality among the women was a reflection of the dangers of childbirth and no option of contraception? But for the wife/widow of the Archbishop of Canterbury to lead this sort of life beggars belief!

Mishap Sat 09-May-15 21:34:05

It slightly changes one's view of the Victorians as straight-laced - I was aware of the underworld of prostitution and the double standards; but what really surprised me was how open the intimate relationships between women became and how acceptable that was.