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Lucy Worsley, Ph.D., is Chief Curator at Historic Royal Palaces, the charity that manages the Tower of London, Hampton Court Palace, Kensington Palace, the Banqueting House in Whitehall, and Kew Palace in England. Please visit www.lucyworsley.com.
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Obras por Lucy Worsley

Jane Austen at Home: A Biography (2017) 562 exemplares
A Very British Murder (2013) 380 exemplares
Agatha Christie: An Elusive Woman (2022) 364 exemplares
Eliza Rose (2016) 131 exemplares
My Name Is Victoria (2017) 90 exemplares
The Austen Girls (2019) 56 exemplares
Lady Mary (2018) 31 exemplares
Bolsover Castle (2000) 21 exemplares
The Story of Hampton Court Palace (2015) — Autor — 16 exemplares
Six Wives with Lucy Worsley [TV Mini Series 2016] (2017) — Host — 14 exemplares
Kirby Hall (2001) 14 exemplares
Hardwick Old Hall (1998) 12 exemplares
Tales from the Royal Wardrobe [2015 film] (2015) — Host — 5 exemplares
Tales from the Royal Bedchamber [2013 TV movie] (2015) — Host — 5 exemplares
Suffragettes [2018 BBC TV movie] — Host — 2 exemplares

Associated Works

Mansfield Park (1814) — Introdução, algumas edições22,297 exemplares
Tea Fit for a Queen: Recipes and Drinks for Afternoon Tea (2014) — Introdução, algumas edições45 exemplares
Women: Our History (2019) — Prefácio, algumas edições4 exemplares


Conhecimento Comum

Nome canónico
Worsley, Lucy
Data de nascimento
Local de nascimento
Reading, Berkshire, England, UK
University of Oxford (New College)
University of Sussex (PhD - Art History)
television presenter
YA novelist
Historic Royal Palaces
Felicity Bryan
Zoe Pagnamenta

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Lucy Worsley, PhD, is Chief Curator at Historic Royal Palaces, the charity that manages the Tower of London, Hampton Court Palace, Kensington Palace, the Banqueting House in Whitehall, and Kew Palace in England. [from The Art of English Murder (2014)]



Agatha Christie by Lucy Worsley em Agatha Christie (Abril 2023)


A sparkling, assiduously researched and deeply moving biography which brings Jane Austen and her world to vivid, reach-out-and-touch-it life - so much so that I approached the inevitable end (of both the book and Jane's life) with mounting dread. Oh, you know how it's going to turn out, but by then Worsley has made you care so much that you can't help but delude yourself, just a little, by hoping and wishing for a different ending. When the moment comes, as you know it must, Worsley treats it with such care that you feel as though she, and you, have lost a personal friend. In her hands, Austen is not just a vaguely sketched figment more than two centuries in the past, but utterly real.

Worsley's biography is a searching, eminently readable examination of Austen, the woman, and the context in which she lived, loved and wrote. It's wonderfully thorough, too, considering just how much material was deliberately destroyed by the Austen family and how hard they worked to stage manage their increasingly famous relative's image in the decades following her death. It makes a compelling case for Austen's significant contribution to the development of the novel - the lessons she learned from those who came before, the rules she bent, and the path she forged for those who followed - and rages a little, here and there, at the way Austen was dudded in life or dismissed in death. Something I noted and enjoyed was the way Worsley seamlessly drew on historical material and the contemporaneous recollections of others to add small, pertinent details not necessarily directly related to Austen, but which painted a fuller picture of the events and mores of the time.

Like Austen, Worsley has a distinctive authorial voice...smart, well-informed, tart and fun. By the end of it, you're left feeling that if you can't meet Jane, Lucy might well be a lovely substitute. Based on this, I'll happily search out more of her work.
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LolaReads | 19 outras críticas | Dec 26, 2023 |
I picked this up for research, and soon after I acquired it, I was delighted to come across Worsley's series on PBS that brings vivid life to the book! That encouraged me to start reading all the sooner. While I've watched a number of Worseley's programs, I hadn't read her work before. I found her to be an incredibly breezy, fascinating read. She incorporates many details but never bogs down the narrative. Every so often, her own voice emerges with an aside as well. Agatha Christie had an interesting life, and is a figure greatly misunderstood. I really appreciated the author's incites into the period during which Christie went missing in 1926.… (mais)
ladycato | 12 outras críticas | Dec 22, 2023 |
This book is a tour of the evolution of detective fiction in Britain, letting the reader catch glimpses of the evolution of society and attitudes towards criminals, literary history and true crime.

We start of in a rather sarcastic manner, as the author introduces “the business of enjoying a murder. And a large-scale, profitable and commercial business it was, too.” This business and the “art” of murder are reflections of society’s darkness, of course.

There were lots of facts and details that I enjoyed learning about very much (despite the horrific true crime stuff). In the 19th century, you could tour the places where (in)famous crimes had been committed and buy rather gruesome souvenirs. I had heard of “Penny Dreadfuls”, but not their predecessors, “Penny Bloods”. Apparently, Edward Bulwer-Lyton of the “it was a dark and stormy night” fame began his career by writing those. Etc, etc, etc…

Female detectives in fiction appeared much earlier than I thought. 1841! Can you imagine!? There were also several books published in 1860’s that featured female detectives (and some lovely moments of emancipation). So cool!

It was also very enjoyable to read about the “Golden Age” of detective stories, about its appeal and the stories’ flaws. It reminded me of authors I used to enjoy (G.K. Chesterton) and authors that did not impress, yet I wondered if I should give them another chance (Dorothy L. Sayers).

The detractors of detective fiction have a point, of course, in satirising “the business of enjoying a murder”. Yet what is a detective story, really? It is seeing the order being restored in the world; seeing the triumph of good over evil. Isn’t this the most comforting genre imaginable?
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Alexandra_book_life | 21 outras críticas | Dec 15, 2023 |
Written with a lot of love for Jane Austen... Somehow, I never found my way to a "proper" biography of one my favourite authors. I picked up bits and pieces here and there over the years - prefaces, articles, blogs, literary criticism etc. It was rather nice to have it all organised in a more or less chronological order and say to myself "Yes, this. Yes, that person. Yes, this place..." Some things were not as clear-cut as I had fixed them in my mind (well, of course not!) - there are interpretations, looking at facts through too modern eyes, relatives not remembering things or embellishing them. So, one of the pleasures of this book was discovering new things and new perspectives. "Jane Austen at Home" might not dive as deep as some Janeites would like, but as my first Jane Austen biography, it was geeky enough for me :-)
A good biography paints events that you already know about in such a way as to pierce your heart - and this one did exactly that.
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Alexandra_book_life | 19 outras críticas | Dec 15, 2023 |



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