2012 marks the commemoration of three historical events. This year celebrates the Diamond Jubilee (sixtieth) of Queen Elizabeth 11. A best-selling biography, ELIZABETH THE QUEEN by Sally Bedell Smith may make a good summer read.
In April many will focus on the TITANIC; James Cameron is releasing the movie in 3D. There are numerous new books relating mostly to the lives of the survivors. One that is interesting is called THE DRESSMAKER; it is a novel with an unusual plot and a wide variety of characters.
A less spectacular occasion is the two hundredth birthday of Charles Dickens. Although he is best known for DAVID COPPERFIELD, OLIVER TWIST AND A CHRISTMAS CAROL, My favorite is A TALE OF TWO CITIES. Set during the French Revolution, it demonstrates that there is no time limit to espionage, brutality, and bloodshed.