Ada, the only legitimate child of the poet Lord Byron, was destined for fame before she was born. Chiaverini explores Ada’s life, from birth, her introduction into London society, and her exciting friendship with renowned inventor Charles Babbage.
I didn’t know much about Ada Lovelace before I read this book, and whilst I know that a lot of this was fiction, I do feel like I know her a lot better. Jennifer Chiaverini has brought this wonderful woman to life completely vividly.
I’ll admit that the first 100-or-so pages were a little dull, considering the fact they either didn’t have Ada in it, or she was a baby. The only thing that kept me reading was Chiaverini’s wondrous prose – it was like music being played in my mind with every word I read.
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In 1865, the assassination of President Abraham Lincoln shocked America. It was an act committed by John Wilkes Booth, the son of an actor and a Covent Garden flower girl. In FATES AND TRAITORS Jennifer Chiaverini looks into the life of Booth through four woman: his mother, Mary Ann, his sister Asia, his lover Lucy and a co-conspirator, Mary Surratt.
Let me say that I gave this book 4/5 overall. I actually really liked reading it. I didn’t know much about Booth before (actually, I didn’t even know his name. Sorry, American people, American history isn’t really taught over here. I obviously knew who Abraham Lincoln was, and about the Civil War, and the assassination, but not much else. It’s just not something we learn. Anyway), so this was a really interesting read. Continue reading “Book Review | Fates & Traitors by Jennifer Chiaverini”