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Press Reviews of Champagne & Shambles

Excellent social history, sympathetically – but not sycophantically – told.  Ancestors, Dec 2006


Engrossing. The Bookseller, March 2006


Her very considerable achievement is to tell both the story of the Arkwright family and to explain the social history which, in the 60-odd years leading up to the 1914-18 war, changed the landscape of rural England forever.  Western Daily Press, Sept 2006

Moving and impressively-researched, a very valuable contribution to our understanding of the decline of the British ruling class in the last quarter of the nineteenth century…Catherine Beale’s particular achievement in this book is to create such a readable family history, inhabited by characters with whom we can engage in an almost novel-like way, but to rest this upon solid scholarship.  The Harrovian, June 2007


She skillfully weaves into her account of the Arkwright family the consequences for all landowners [of major political turning points]…It is to the credit of Catherine Beale and her judicious selection of extracts from family letters linked by her deft prose to a thoroughly researched background that we, too, feel moved by Johnny Arkwright’s plight… The book is well indexed and has excellent footnotes.  Historic House (The Historic Houses Association Magazine) Winter 2007


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