Alison Jackson's royal images

Alison Jackson is known for taking surprising photographs of celebrity lookalikes, including one of “Dodi, Diana, and their baby.”

On her website, you can see some of her images of Elizabeth II, Prince Philip, Princess Diana, Prince William, and Camilla, Duchess of Cornwall. (Be warned that you may find these images offensive.)

Her photos can also be found in the book Confidential.

 

Historical novels I liked in 2007

I’m a big fan of historical fiction, so I thought I’d share my list of favorite historical novels read in 2007. These books weren’t published in 2007 — it’s just that I finally got around to reading them last year!

In no particular order:

Marrying Mozart by Stephanie Cowell. Four sisters meet the young composer, but who will marry him?

The Tea Rose by Jennifer Donnelly. Saga about a poor Victorian woman who starts her own tea business.

The Goldsmith’s Wife by Jean Plaidy. Old novel about Jane Shore, mistress of England’s King Edward IV. I hope this one eventually makes it back into print.

The Borgia Bride by Jeanne Kalogridis. A 15th century princess of Naples, Sancha of Aragon, marries into the notorious Borgia family.

The Other Boleyn Girl by Philippa Gregory. Deservedly popular page-turner about Mary Boleyn, Anne Boleyn’s sister (and rival for the love of Henry VIII).

I’m probably forgetting several other historical novels that I enjoyed in 2007. Maybe this year I should keep a list.

And, while I’m at it, here are my least favorite historical novels read in 2007:

The Fiery Cross by Diana Gabaldon. Fifth book in her Outlander series. I liked the earlier books, but what a snooze this one was. I couldn’t finish it.

The Birth of Venus by Sarah Dunant. A 15th century Italian girl dreams of becoming an artist. I found this book both depressing and predictable, with storylines that went nowhere. (If you’re fond of modern literary fiction, you might like the book more than I did.)