So here we are yet again, history-lovers.

Can you truly credit that this was the week in the year 2020 that a certain national newspaper yet again published a list of 'history books of the year' without including a single one by a woman?

I saw a comment on here yesterday that I now can't locate, but the tweeter summed it up perfectly:

Shocking if they did it deliberately.

But perhaps somehow even more shocking if it was an accident, and that they just didn't even think.

So the least I can do is share some books I've enjoyed this year myself. The idea of a list of history books of the year without Olivette Otele @OlivetteOtele and her AFRICAN EUROPEANS: AN UNTOLD HISTORY is really quite mad.… #HistoryBooksByWomen
I was quite amazed to learn from @HistorianHelen Helen McCarthy's DOUBLE LIVES A HISTORY OF WORKING MOTHERHOOD just how late people became comfortable(-ish) with the idea of working women. Confident this one will be on lots of lists of books of the year.…
I have loved Kate Summerscale's storytelling since her Victorian detective debut, and this one doesn't disappoint: THE HAUNTING OF ALMA FIELDING is so so readable. Took me two evenings. #HistoryBooksByWomen…
I hope that Priya Atwal's ROYALS AND REBELS THE RISE AND FALL OF THE SIKH EMPIRE which I've mentioned on here before has now been reprinted - I gather it sold out in record time!…
I feel that Francesca Wade owes me some share of her royalties as I recommended her book SQUARE HAUNTING: FIVE WOMEN, FREEDOM AND LONDON BETWEEN THE WARS to so many of my friends. I sometimes get annoyed by the Bloomsbury Group but this was the antidote.…
Melanie Back-Hansen @Househistorian and David Olosoga's @DavidOlusoga A HOUSE THROUGH TIME operates at what they rightly call a 'new frontier of popular, participatory history': the book of the show about houses that gripped everyone in the spring.…
PALACE OF PALMS: TROPICAL DREAMS AND THE MAKING OF KEW by Kate Teltscher is an elegant guide to a lost and luscious Victorian world: ideal for the lover of garden history in your life. There are certainly one or two in mine.…
OK - full disclosure - she's among my favourite colleagues - but Eleri Lynn's TUDOR TEXTILES is a beautiful thing & celebrates the amazing fragments of Elizabeth I's dress we had on display at Hampton Court last year (& lockdown cancelled our launch😠)…
@cath_fletcher's revelatory THE BEAUTY AND THE TERROR: AN ALTERNATIVE HISTORY OF THE ITALIAN RENAISSANCE explained a feeling I'd had ever since my art history lessons that Renaissance life couldn't have been quite as relentlessly highbrow as it seemed.…
And it seems appropriate to finish with Anna-Marie Crowhurst's BADLY BEHAVED WOMEN: THE STORY OF MODERN FEMINISM. The the perfect gift book with its beautiful pictures as well as inspiring words…
Do please tell me your own history books of the year.

(and I don't think you need a reminder to include some #HistoryBooksByWomen!)

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