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Shona discovers Queen Victoria’s Indian lover

Abdul Karim is a piece of history they never taught us in school!

I only heard of Queen Victoria’s footman-lover John Brown when the movie Mrs. Brown was released in 1997. I wasn’t surprised that Victoria took a lover after the death of her husband. She was only 42 years old when Prince Albert died and at 42 years old no woman is ready to go it alone for the rest of her life. Not me anyway and not Victoria but when we learned about Queen Victoria in history class the teacher skipped the part about Mrs. Brown. Queen Victoria was a woman with lots of, “energy”!

My history teacher also skipped the part about Queen Victoria’s Indian lover, Abdul Karim, (called “the Munshi” that is “teacher”) but thanks to a gift from Marcus I’m reading all about the last scandal of Queen Victoria.

My newest book on the nightstand is “Victoria and Abdul: The True Story of the Queen’s Closest Confidant”. I started it two days ago and I can’t put it down. I haven’t gotten to any naughty parts yet. I’ll let you know when I do!


The following is suggested by an old friend…

The story of a romantic, headstrong woman who liked passion, sex and men… dark and scandalous relationships with servants…


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We recommend… author Walter Phillips

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Please visit our friend… author Walter Phillips

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Used books dominate our reading list. What’s on your night table?

At our bedsides: Saigon, Hanoi, media history, weird killer fish, sea stories and romantic vampires

Way back in 2007 we first asked What Books Are On Your Night Stand? and told you what the folks at BFP were reading. At the time there were a few surprises and some perfectly predictable books as well. Auntie Moses was reading “I’d Like To Ask Sister White” and Robert had a book about the creation of the Boeing 747 on his table. What could be more predictable?

As for unpredictable – that would be Cliverton. One of our commenters observed

“Anyone who reads Steven King AND Hilary Beckles is decidedly suspect…”

Have to say that we agree!

Today we’ve asked the question again and discovered as always that life is full of surprises. Unknown to each other, two of our friends are reading books about Vietnam – while Shona has gone over to the dark side. 😉  Continue reading


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