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Initial post: 2 Feb 2013 20:40:06 GMT
B. Ellis says:
Historical fiction is the genre I get most enjoyment from and I am starting to run out if ideas. There are recommendations on other discussions which tend to appeal more to a female audience. Any books that guys would recommend?

Examples of what I have read:
Half of a yellow sun
Kite runner
Wild swans
Pillars of the earth
Shantaram

Any recommendations would be gratefully received. Thanks in advance.

Posted on 2 Feb 2013 22:39:20 GMT
A. M. Donald says:
Try Outlaw, a reinterpretation if the Robin Hood story. Very action-packed, and quite dark. Gory, too.

Posted on 2 Feb 2013 23:13:19 GMT
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Posted on 3 Feb 2013 09:44:20 GMT
Sou'Wester says:
You're spoilt for choice, really, though a lot depends on what period you're looking at. If you like plenty of action in books that are easy to read, Bernard Cornwall's Sharpe books are well worth visiting (though it's probably best to stick to the earlier ones; he's becomes very formulaic in later books). From the same period there's any number of books on the naval battles during Napoleonic times; the best are probably the "Hornblower" series and the "Jack Aubrey" books, though the latter are more literary than the average adventure book. There's been a whole glut of stories from Tudor times, the best of which are the "Shardlake" stories by C J Sansom.
For Roman times you've one of the greatest historical novels ever written in the shape of "I, Claudius".

In reply to an earlier post on 3 Feb 2013 22:06:16 GMT
As Sou'wester says, you really are spoiled for choice, but it really depend on the period that interests you the most.

If you can be more specific, you're bound to be inundated with recommendations. Personally, I could give you a long list of ancient and medieval history, with a little bit of more modern stuff thrown in ...

Posted on 4 Feb 2013 11:55:30 GMT
Derek Birks says:
I would echo the mentions of Bernard Cornwell who has also been an icon in historical fiction for me.
I would also put forward my own humble offering, Feud, which has been very well received - and which is a free download today and tomorrow, so it'll cost you nothing!
FEUD

Posted on 4 Feb 2013 12:43:27 GMT
C. W. Lovatt says:
If you haven't read George MacDonald Fraser's 'Flashman' books I suggest that you do, quite strongly. Hilarious and irreverent, but the historical detail of the 19th century is unparalleled. I would add that the quality of writing is far superior to Cornwell's.

Then, of course, like Derek, there's my book, "The Adventures of Charlie Smithers". Mostly intended as a light-hearted read, it has humour, action, and I always tend to get carried away during the intimate scenes. Sam at Wild Wolf (my publisher) called it 'engaging'.

Posted on 4 Feb 2013 14:22:59 GMT
B. Ellis says:
Many thanks for all your helpful recommendations. I will certainly look into them.

I was wondering if anyone had recommendation relating to some of the other books I mentioned. Shantaram - India, wild swans China, half of a yellow sun - Nigeria.

I like to widen my horizons in literature and geography!

Thanks again all!

In reply to an earlier post on 28 Feb 2013 21:26:36 GMT
F. P. Nath says:
Flashman does all of those!

Posted on 6 Mar 2013 16:59:38 GMT
M Hodgkinson says:
Try the Aubrey/Maturin series of novels by Patrick O'Brian.

Posted on 6 Mar 2013 19:04:04 GMT
Josh says:
Agree with mentions of C J Samson, Bernard Cornwell and Robert Graves, but I'd also recommend "The Wordsmith's Tale" by Stephen Edden. (Anglo saxon: similar time period to some of the Cornwell stuff.) Published a couple of years ago, but still around on amazon.

Posted on 7 Mar 2013 04:15:36 GMT
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B. R. Smith says:
Try Mary Renault's 'Fire From Heaven' and 'The Persian Boy'. For something more recent (the Irish uprising of 1916) and with plenty of humour, a favourite of mine is 'At Swim, Two Boys' by Jamie O'Neill. Or why not have a look at my own first volume of 'The Alexander Chronicles', free until this Friday.

In reply to an earlier post on 9 Mar 2013 01:11:06 GMT
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P. J. B. says:
Angus Donald: brilliant, fast-paced, clever and consistent. But hid behind pillow at gory bits. What can I say, I'm a woman!

Posted on 9 Mar 2013 01:15:37 GMT
P. J. B. says:
Can I suggest that readers look at all the exceptional independent writers out there: like SJA Turney, Gordon Doherty, GS. Johnston, Suzanne Tyrpak and especially Tinney S. Heath? The only difference between these writers and the mainstream writers is that the mainstream writers were luckier. I have loved every single one of the works put out by these writers!

Posted on 9 Mar 2013 15:34:45 GMT
Vineesh says:
I found a new writer, action adventure, fast, funny and exciting. Absolutely no slush, just pacy.
Minion

In reply to an earlier post on 15 Mar 2013 19:26:34 GMT
D. Nixon says:
We must have similar tastes: I have read Half of a Yellow Sun, Kite Runner and Wild Swans. I worked in Nigeria during the Biafra War (Save the Children) and was fascinated by the Biafran point of view.
D. Nixon

In reply to an earlier post on 15 Mar 2013 22:42:05 GMT
B. Ellis says:
That must have been an incredible experience both good and bad.

Next on my list is the go-away bird have your read it? Any good?

Thanks everyone for all your comments and recommendations.

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Posted on 20 Mar 2013 13:46:52 GMT
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Posted on 29 Mar 2013 08:10:06 GMT
Dave Lynch says:
I would suggest Vampire by KA Ashman

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In reply to an earlier post on 31 Mar 2013 20:22:07 BDT
Try 'Forever the Colours.' If you don't mind a story told using real and salty language, you will love this action packed fictional work of a modern British soldier experiencing a bloody Victorian battlefield.

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Posted on 3 Apr 2013 16:19:26 BDT
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I was bowled over by The Lady of The Mountains and Santorini Girl both by Marcus Mahon on Amazon Kindle. Probably the love story of the century, erotic but not pornographic, funny, sad a real page turner and passages of great beauty, amidst grim reminders of what war is really like. In all ten books contained in the two generic novels at a very reasonable price for so much reading.
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