Wednesday, November 2, 2011

Historical fiction

The Hills Shire Online Book Club theme for November is historical fiction. Many fans of this genre enjoy the sense of stepping back in time. A historical novel will give one an insight into the social life of the era the book was set in. Who is your favourite historical fiction writer and why? If you are not a reader of historical fiction, why not give it a try.
Some suggestions to get you started:

• Polly’s March by Linda Newbury

• Outlander series by Diana Gabaldon

• Flaunting, extravagant Queen by Jean Plaidy

• Antony and Cleopatra by Colleen McCullough

• Brideshead revisited by Evelyn Waugh

• The constant princess by Philippa Gregory

• The Saxon series by Bernard Cornwell

• Ireland: awakening by Edward Rutherfurd

• Kingdom of shadows by Barbara Erskine

• Moll Flanders by Daniel Defoe

• Nightshade by Paul Doherty

• Queen of swords by Sara Donati


Lilly said...

Dianna Gabaldon's novel Outlander is excellent. Well written with a touch of fantasy. Cliare is on holiday with her husband, undertaking some research into his family tree. She stands on some magical standing stones and is taken back 200 years to the mid 1700,s. She doesnt know how to get back or what to do. She gets caught up in Scottish battles and her husbands evil Uncle is involved. This is a brilliant written novel with a little bit of everything in it, and a lot of history. I believe there is quite many to the series so I plan to read the sequel.

Anonymous said...

I love historical fiction and have read so many! I like Phillipa Gregory - she wrote The Other Boleyn Girl which is about Anne Boleyn and her sister Mary and their relationship with King Henry VIII. She's written many others as well, most based around Tudor era. At the moment I'm reading "Fingersmith" by Sarah Waters. This book is set in Victorian London and is a sort of mystery/romance. Its about a young woman who is an orphan but was raised amoung theives. She is persuaded by a con man to help with his plan to marry a wealthy young heiress so he can steal her money. Thats just the beginning, there are some surprising twists.

amylou said...

I have to agree with Lilly that Outlander is great! My favourite though is People of the Book by Geraldine Brooks- a book restorer in the present traces the history of an ancient book through the physical evidence left on its pages. She's an excellent author and I'm looking forward to getting my hands on a copy of her latest book Caleb's Crossing (which is also historical, by the way!)

Norma said...

I have just started reading a Phillipa Gregory book. Its called Acrewide. Im finding I cant put it down. Its about a young girl growing up in the 19th century in a gentried family. As she approaches adulthood she realises, even though she is the eldest child, because she is a girl she will not inherit the property. She is expected to marry and move on. Her brother who has no interest in the property will inherit. I have just started this book so not sure what will happen but Im certainly interested to see how things pan out for this poor girl