Posted by: Jeanie F | April 13, 2012

A Decision is Made!

It’s been a tough few weeks, picking up one title, putting it down, managing the samples I’ve downloaded on my Kindle, asking, asking, asking what I should read next. And what I’ve settled on is a “blast from the past.”

If you haven’t read Margaret George, and you have even the slightest interest in historical figures, I cannot recommend her highly enough. In fact, it was because I recommended her highly to a friend that I remembered I hadn’t read The Memoirs of Cleopatra.

The first fictional biography I read by Margaret George was the outstanding Autobiography of King Henry VIII: With Notes by His Fool, Will Sommers. This was truly my all-time favorite fictionalized biography, and I recently recommended it to a friend. You need to be a little careful when you recommend Margaret George, because she doesn’t write short books. Henry is 960 pages – and every one of them entertaining and enlightening. When my friend called me to thank me – profusely – for the recommendation, I was reminded much I love historical fiction in general, Margaret George in particular.

My second Margaret George book was Mary Queen of Scotland and the British Isles. This one is a mere 880 pages, but it resulted in my one and only “reading injury.” While reading a hardback copy of Mary I fell asleep (this is no reflection of the content of the book – only that I was teaching high school sophomores at the time and was pretty exhausted by the end of the day). When I fell asleep the book dropped, hitting my face and splitting my lip open. I have to admit, this did put me off large, hardback editions – today I am grateful for the size and weight of my Kindle!

I moved on to other reading material, but in 1998 George’s The Memoirs of Cleopatra was published. My husband bought me the 976 hardback edition as soon as it came out, and it sat on my shelf waiting for me for years. At some point it must have been donated, unread, to the library because when I realized that this was what I wanted to read now, it was nowhere to be found. Just as well – I’m sure I’m going to be much happier reading it on my Kindle!

So – here I am with a rainy day, an empty calendar, and 976 pages of Cleopatra. Gotta go – Heaven awaits!


  1. I’ve added it to my to-read list. Waiting for your review. I wonder how it will compare to Stacy Schiff’s Cleopatra? (sorry haven’t checked your achives to see if you’ve already rreviewed this book)

    • I haven’t read the Schiff book – in fact, know only about as much about Cleo as I saw in the Taylor/Burton movie, but I’m looking forward to finding out more! Thanks for your comment!

  2. Congratulations on your book find. The Schiff biography was factual but read like fiction. Getting inside Cleopatra’s head sounds like fun; I’ll look for the “Memoirs…” Thanks!

    • She’s a pretty fascinating character – I just need to quit visualizing her as Elizabeth Taylor! 🙂

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