Historical Fiction to Savour

A Listmania! list by "tangledthreads"
 
The Potato Factory (Potato Factory Trilogy)
1.  The Potato Factory (Potato Factory Trilogy) by Bryce Courtenay
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  "Set in a murky Dickensian London underworld of petty thieves, pickpockets, debt collectors, and brothel-keepers, this novel is full of fantastic characters and intricately plotted coincidences."
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Middlesex
2.  Middlesex by Jeffrey Eugenides
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  "A sweeping saga, travelling from a small Greek village, through the fall of the Ottoman Empire, to depression era Detroit, up to the present day.  This novel's strength is in its humanity."
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Strandloper (Harvill Panther)
3.  Strandloper (Harvill Panther) by Alan Garner
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  "In 1801, Cheshire bricklayer William Buckley was transported to Australia, where on arrival, he escaped, and lived as an aborigine for 31 years. There is deep resonance in the power of words."
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Miles McGinty
4.  Miles McGinty by Tom Gilling
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  "From the first scenes of the novel set in a 19th century Australian theatre, I was hooked. The characters presented are so vivid, and well, so full of character!"
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A Thousand Orange Trees
5.  A Thousand Orange Trees by Kathryn Harrison
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  "What I love most about this novel is the beautifully written, minute detail, and the vividness of the descriptions."
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The Girl Who Played Go
6.  The Girl Who Played Go by Shan Sa
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  "This novel portrays the differences and similarities between Chinese and Japanese cultures, and the selfless and ruthless acts of both love and war."
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Fingersmith
7.  Fingersmith by Sarah Waters
The list author says:
  "This is an intricately woven Victorian mystery/melodrama with more twists and turns in this novel than you might anticipate."
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Sexing The Cherry
8.  Sexing The Cherry by Jeanette Winterson
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  "The characters are larger than life with a wicked sense of humour, and the dirty, smelly London is vividly depicted."
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The Crystal Cave (Coronet Books)
9.  The Crystal Cave (Coronet Books) by Mary Stewart
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  "Arthurian legend told from Merlin's perspective.  First of a trilogy."
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4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (47 customer reviews)

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