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The Verneys based on 0 ratings. 2 reviews.
This was an extremely impressive book. The author made copious use of the letters and other documents from the Verney family, but also supplemented that with extensive research into social aspects of the age. So a story about a no-good son being sent to Jamaica, for instance, is supplemented by a history of the settlement there. A nephew who was hung as a highway robber leads to background information on major crime of the time. Altogether, a very good read. Not light but never boring.
This is a truly amazing book. It is that most rare of histories that reads like a novel that can't be put down. Mr. Tinniswood has given us a window into a world that has both vanished, and at the same time is so much like our own. One cannot read this book without falling in love with the Verney family - the stalwarts, rogues, crazy old aunts, and all the other characters that make up a big sprawling family. Read and be drawn in to this captivating world.