Nell Gwynn.

A couple of weeks ago, my friend Jade & I spent the day watching the Olivier Awards in Covent Garden. The Olivier Awards are basically the Oscars of West End Theatre. And one of the shows that stood out to me at the ceremony, was best new comedy winner Nell Gwynn.

Nell Gwynn stars Gemma Arterton as the title character, who was one the first women to ever appear on an English stage back in the 1660’s. The first act of the play shows Nell using her comedic talent and cheeky wit as she becomes a star at the Playhouse at the time. Even attracting the attention of King Charles II. She’s also famous for being one of King Charles II’s mistresses, which the second act of the play shows. She’s such a fantastic character. While her history is kind of scattered as a lot of it has been contradicted, before becoming an actress, Nell worked as an orange picker. It is also said she worked in her mother’s brothel. And this is used against her a lot in the play from other characters, but Nell completely owns it. She did what she had to do to survive and she refuses to be belittled over it and I loved her for that.

*image is from Google images!

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Collective Book Haul! Early 2015 edition!


So I haven’t done a book haul in a while because I was planning to do the 10 to 1 book diet challenge!

That went out the window preeeeeeeetty quickly.

I’m going on a definite book buying ban though. I really want to attend YALC in July so I’m going to decrease my tbr pile so the next time I’ll buy books they will be from YALC!

Here are the books! 🙂

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