October September Summary


As part of Victober read Dracula 🧛‍♂️

Victober: Dracula 🧛‍♂️ (no spoilers)

Elizabeth’s lists by Lulah Ellender on the surface a tribute to the author’s Grandmother and her life before, during and after 2nd world war. Also gave an insight into the author dealing with the demise of her Mother due to cancer, in parallel to writing the book.


Watched a whole royal wedding for the the first time.

Princess 👸 Day

Q and A with Jodi Piccoult. Learnt been pronouncing her surname wrong for years!

Victober: Prime minsters during Queen Victoria’s reign based upon Gimson’s Prime Minsters Part 2


There were so many prime ministers during Queen Victoria’s regiments I have split the list in two. To make it more confusi ng, several prime ministers had more than one spell as prime minister. All the comings and goings are detailed in Gimson’s book, which I have picked some highlights from in my posts about each pri.e minister, but there is lots more in the book! There is also a similar book about King’s and Queens by Gimson.


For part 1 see:

Victober: Prime minsters during Queen Victoria’s reign based upon Gimson’s Prime Minsters Part 1

The next prime ministers:

Gimson Prime Ministers: Robert Peel

Gimson’s Prime ministers: Lord John Russell

Gimson’s Prime Ministers: Earl of Derby

Gimson’s Prime Ministers: Earl of Derby

Gimson’s Prime Ministers: Earl of Abeerden

Gimson Prime Ministers: Lord Palmerston

Gimson’s Prime Minister’: Benjamin Disraeli

Gimson’s Prime Minister’s: William Gladstone

Gimson Prime Ministers: Marquess of Sailsbury


Gimson Prime Ministers: Marquess of Sailsbury

Lived 1830 – 1903

Prime Minister 1885 – 1886, 1886-1892 and 1895-1902

Sailsbury was the last prime minster to date to accumulate 14years as prime minister (over three spells). Towards the end of his third spell in 1901 Queen Victoria died. She was suceeeded by her son Edward VIII, was he was in position, in 1902 Sailsbury resigned and handed over to his nephew Balfour.

Gimson’s Prime Minister’s: William Gladstone

Lived 1809-1898

Prime minister 1868-74, 1880-1885, 1886 and 1892-94

Gladstone had 4 spells as Prime Minister, the last being when he was 82years old. Amongst his reforms, Gladstone introduced universal education up to the age of 13years.

Queen Victoria did not like the way he addressed her as if in a public meeting. She was not happy that her son the future King Edward VIII, was a pall bearers when Gladstone died from cancer, a year after he retired from his final spell as Prime Minister.

Gimson’s Prime Minister’: Benjamin Disraeli

Disraeli was born a Jew and became prime minister in 1868 this is remarkable because until 10 years before he became prime minister (1858), Jews could not become prime ministers under law. Strictly speaking aged 12 he was baptised in the Church of England. On some levels he was proud to be Jewish however, he had dropped the apostrophe from his name D’Israeli putting less emphasis on Israel. Before entering politics Disraeli was a lawyer and then attempted to run his own newspaper but, that folded.

Before, during and after; his time in politics he wrote novels. He became prime minster aged 64, when Derby retired in February 1868, six months later in November 1868, he lost the general election to Gladstone. He had time to write another novel before winning the 1874 election and returning as prime minister. He impressed Queen Victoria by buying a controlling share of Suez Canal and gained her the title of Empress of India. Queen Victoria regularly sent him flowers.

Disraeli lost the election of 1880 to Gladstone. Before his death the following year he was able to complete his final novel.

Victober: Frankenstein (no spoilers)

The novel Frankenstein was first published in 1818 therefore, this year it is 200years was old. It was written by a female author: Mary Shelly; therefore would fit the Victober challenge of a novel written by a female author.

Victober explained

Originally it was published anonymously. It is therefore interesting that exactly 100years later the first women got the vote. Mary Shelley’s was first named as author on the cover in 1823.

Like Dracula 🧛‍♂️ it is an epistolary novel. I have seen a theatre version of Frankenstein. I suspect it could be portrayed better than I saw, so I may watch again but, having not enjoyed Dracula 🧛‍♂️ do not think, I will ever to read. It is a Jekyll and Hyde type novel.

Frankenstein review

Dracula 🧛‍♂️ review

Victober: Dracula 🧛‍♂️ (no spoilers)

I think Dracula 🧛‍♂️ fulfills Katie’s challenges. It was published in 1897 and Dracula 🧛‍♂️ is an individual name.

Victober explained

  • Kate: Read a Victorian book with a proper noun in the title
  • Katie: Read a book that was published in the first ten years of the Victorian era and/or published in the last ten years of the Victorian era

My first impressions were good; it stayed as diary entries from one character (Jonathon) and created a creepy atmosphere. Unfortunately it did not maintain my interest once it, changed to a mixture of different character’s diaries and letter’s to and fro. For me this all made it tedious and it seemed very convoluted. Even the the plot on wilkpedia seems convulsed and too tedious to read.

I would not say don’t read, I can see some people may enjoy. The language is not too intimidating. If you like vampire 🧛‍♀️ stories it could be interesting because it is first of the genre. It is clever because of way written as a combination of documents like letters and diaries which is known as epistolary novel.