February 2020 book reviews

We read recent releases with a link to France. To be fair, each gets 20 minutes’ reading time. This month, we will look at the man that changed gambling forever, a Josephine Baker biography and New Wave cinema

From the Mill to Monte Carlo: The Working-Class Englishman Who Beat the Monaco Casino and Changed Gambling Forever - Anne Fletcher


Amberley, £20 ISBN: 978-1-4456-7139-0

Based on the life of Joseph Hobson Jagger, a textile industry business man from Bradford, Yorkshire, this book tells all on the journey of this mysterious man who once broke the bank at Monte Carlo in Monaco.

From his childhood to working in fabrics, the most important industry in Bradford at the time, to then winning millions, Mr Jagger’s life is one of the most interesting, yet, unknown by most people. Here, we get to know more about him, his family, and his ...

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