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Posted on 11 Jan 2013 07:59:12 GMT
We haven't even mentioned The Flying Dutchman.

Posted on 2 Apr 2013 13:32:19 BDT
lucy says:
Hi I have just finished reading EL Teb by J Hamid it is set in the Sudan 1885 and is about a Kings Royal Rifle Corps captain and his company during this conflict. If you loved sharpe by Bernard Conwall then you will love this. Highly recommended.

In reply to an earlier post on 2 Apr 2013 15:15:24 BDT
L. M. Wilson says:
Thank you for the recommendation "The Memoirs of Cleopatra" is brilliant and I'm now reading more of Margaret George's historical books.

In reply to an earlier post on 2 Apr 2013 15:37:08 BDT
L. M. Wilson says:
I have almost evey book Bernard Cornwall has written though not his "Sharpe" series....Not so sure if I would like those.

Posted on 2 Apr 2013 15:51:22 BDT
Last edited by the author on 2 Apr 2013 15:52:12 BDT
L. M. Wilson says:
Not sure if Diana Gabaldon's books would fit this genre though there is a fair bit of historical background in all of them and they are absorbing and unusual books The first in the series isCross Stitch [by: Diana Gabaldon] Not at all sure why her first book is entitled Crossstitch though! Helen Hollick is another excellent historical writerA Hollow Crown Another super historical writer is Sharon Penman. Given the interest in Richard the Third at this time I recommend The Sunne in SplendourThe Sunne in Splendour

Posted on 2 Apr 2013 16:13:02 BDT
L. M. Wilson says:
Forgot to mention a book by David Donachie a novel about Naval hero Admiral Nelson beginning with his boyhood entitled Ona Making Tide. David Donachie has written a few more historical sea novels but this is my favourite. That leads on to the Hornblower series of course... cracking good reads and best begun with the first in the series. (Better than the films)The Young Hornblower Omnibus: "Mr.Midshipman Hornblower", "Lieutenant Hornblower", "Hornblower and the "Hotspur"" Only 1p for the 3 novels.

In reply to an earlier post on 2 Apr 2013 18:34:16 BDT
Sou'Wester says:
I would have thought that if you've read his other stuff (some of which can be pretty gory) you'd get on all right with Sharpe. Personally, I think his earlier Sharpe books represent the best of Cornwell's writing. Like many writers who gain popularity and success he's become somewhat repetitive and formulaic with his later books. Incidentally, if you've watched the TV series try, if you can, to put that imagery out of your mind - the books are a lot better!

In reply to an earlier post on 2 Apr 2013 18:39:35 BDT
L. M. Wilson says:
Thanks for the helpful comment Sou'Wester.Yes I have watched a few in the past on TV so perhaps that has prejudiced me. I'll certainly give them a try.

In reply to an earlier post on 2 Apr 2013 18:41:02 BDT
Sou'Wester says:
The Hornblower books are still a great read. The original film didn't do justice to the subject at all (though C S Forester has only himself to blame as he wrote the screenplay!) and the later TV series was a complete travesty. Interestingly, the friend who first recommended the Sharpe books to me (many years ago) described them as being "like Hornblower on land".

In reply to an earlier post on 2 Apr 2013 19:00:16 BDT
L. M. Wilson says:
Well, if that is true Sou'Wester I WILL like them. To be honest I often find that a film based on a book is vastly inferior. "Pillars of the Earth" is a good example. Films often either change the story or leave out so much of what is good. I have loved Rosemary Sucliffe's trilogy "The Eagle of the Ninth" for many years, but I made the mistake of purchasing the recent film based on the first of the three books! It was dreadful and such a disappointment.

Posted on 2 Apr 2013 19:33:41 BDT
Last edited by the author on 2 Apr 2013 19:34:36 BDT
Chris says:
I'd vote for Cornwell's Grail Quest trilogy. As trilogies go, it's pretty solid from start to finish.
I'm going to make a slightly sniffy observation now that might not go down so well, but it's always bothered me that history seems to be 99% royalty and war, like there's nothing else worth making a note of.
Why do all the other areas of humanity get so little attention?

Posted on 2 Apr 2013 19:38:42 BDT
The Last Snowsuit of Eva Braun

I just self-published my novel 'The Last Snowsuit of Eva Braun'. It's set in Hitler's bunker during the last five days of his life, and told from the perspective of his Alsatian, Blondi. Sounds a bit far out, I know, but go with me on this one.

It's about a young German officer who falls in love with Eva Braun, and tries to convince her not to go through with her suicide pact. I'd say it's about a 60/40 split between history and fiction - alternative history with the ring of truth.

Check it out!

In reply to an earlier post on 2 Apr 2013 20:44:50 BDT
L. M. Wilson says:
A very good point Chris and not sniffy at all! There are some good books out there I'm sure. Have you tried Pillars of the Earth?The Pillars of the Earth Yes I enjoyed The Grail Quest trilogy too.

Posted on 7 Apr 2013 15:16:01 BDT
Over by Christmas

Over By Christmas is a great read. At last, here is a book about life in the Great War from the Royal Navy's perspective. It is a "factional" novel in which the author uniquely brings to life many of the powerful, historical characters who were strutting the world stage at that time, making them integral to the fictional world he creates for the loves and lives of ordinary people both on the home front and at sea.

There is something for everyone here -- wonderfully descriptive accounts of explosive action at sea and on the beaches at Gallipoli, as well as strong characterisation, tender romance and a love triangle -- complete with betrayals -- on the home front. Over-arching all is the intriguing factual story of the British Prime Minister's obsessive love for a young society woman while his warlords are bickering among themselves and courting dire circumstances.

Over By Christmas is an absorbing read. I couldn't put it down and I highly recommend it to both male and female readers.

Posted on 7 Apr 2013 15:23:58 BDT
Currently reading A Drumbeat Too Near: Cape Cod WW II by Bill Flynn. WWII historical fiction. U-boats off Cape Cod. Interesting story.

In reply to an earlier post on 7 Apr 2013 19:38:52 BDT
Try The Heaven Tree Trilogy: The Heaven Tree, the Green Branch, the Scarlet Seed by Edith Pargeter (a pen-name of Ellis Peters, who wrote the Cadfael mysteries) - or Ellis Peters was a pen name of Edith Pargeter, I forget which. Absolutely brilliant, and not focused on royalty and war at all.

Actually, one could do a lot worse than to read the Cadfael mysteries, of course. My favourite is The Rose Rent.

In reply to an earlier post on 8 Apr 2013 19:52:55 BDT
I Readalot says:
These authors do it to confuse us, I know of one midlist author who writes under 2 different names but her real name is different to both of them. Haven't read Cadfael for years.

In reply to an earlier post on 8 Apr 2013 20:32:29 BDT
I haven't read all the Cadfael books, but I do like them.

I think I've read all the historicals published under Edith Pargeter: "The Heaven Tree" (the whole trilogy), "The Marriage of Megotta" (another excellent work), "A Bloody Field Near Shrewsbury", and "The Brothers of Gwynnedd" Quartet. All of them excellent, bordering on brilliant! :-)

In reply to an earlier post on 8 Apr 2013 23:19:53 BDT
Last edited by the author on 8 Apr 2013 23:20:42 BDT
Chris says:
Great. My audio book thingy has them all. Have such a pile of books to get through, but I'll fit them in somehow. Cheers.

In reply to an earlier post on 9 Apr 2013 10:34:21 BDT
Katybe says:
Chris - one interesting author I've found who doesn't just focus on royalty and wars is Edward Rutherford. He tends to take a place and run through a thousand years or so of what happened to the people there. The only one I've read so far is about the New Forest - The Forest - but I've got Sarum on my TBR pile at the moment.

Posted on 9 Apr 2013 16:03:25 BDT
L. M. Wilson says:
Sarum is a very long novel K. Hoskyn, but well worth the read.

Posted on 10 Apr 2013 12:36:50 BDT
Last edited by the author on 10 Apr 2013 12:37:22 BDT
There's no sniper, but The Other Boleyn Girl by Philippa Gregory is pretty good.

Posted on 10 Apr 2013 15:39:26 BDT
Birdsong by sebastian Faulkes is WW1 (fairly sure)

In reply to an earlier post on 11 Apr 2013 15:40:57 BDT
Birdsong is fabulous, and the film made me weak in the knees...oh Eddie Redmayne!

Posted on 5 Aug 2013 14:37:03 BDT
I've been reading Zachariah: The Boer Diamond, set in the the Second Anglo-Boer War, 1902. I'm half-way in and I'm loving the narrative style. There's really a voice along with the history, and it's an intriguing, but easy read. It's actually free in the kindle store right now.
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