I have just finished reading Amanda Foreman's 1998 biography of Georgianna, Duchess of Devonshire. I'm not a historian, so I can't evaluate it on that count, but it was a good read overall. There were some threads that could have been clearer, but I was very interested in Georgianna's life (drama!) and the machinations of late c18 politics.
But what amazes me most is that this book--which was a NYT bestseller and which was turned into a movie with Keira Knightley and Ralph Fiennes--was the product of Foreman's PhD thesis at Oxford. Yowza. Wouldn't that be great? To have your PhD work go Hollywood blockbuster?
And now, she has a new book that was included in this Year's NYT Top 10 list! It's a nearly-1000 page account of Britain's role in the US Civil War, and It has been optioned by the BBC.
And you know the real kicker? She has five kids. Five kids. FIVE. And she has a recent, bestselling history book of ~1000 pages.
Clearly, I should legally change my name to "Such A. Slacker."
In keeping with that new moniker, it's on to P. D. James.