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In reply to an earlier post on 1 Feb 2013 19:52:24 GMT
gille liath says:
It's certainly well researched and a good read; it's not history though, it's a historical novel.

In reply to an earlier post on 1 Feb 2013 14:28:48 GMT
L. Patton says:
Agreed! "This Thing of Darkness" is a marvel. Thoroughly absorbing. I used to work in a bookshop and tried to recommend it as much as possible as it doesn't seem to be particularly well know more's the pity.

In reply to an earlier post on 1 Feb 2013 14:00:52 GMT
André Jute says:
Right, I, Claudius is not only beautifully written by a poet, Robert Graves, but palatable history and distinguished if unobtrusive scholarship. It's an exemplary historical novel. Thanks for the reminder. I've taken it off the shelf and put it on the stack to read in my bath, an appropriate place for a "Roman" novel!

Posted on 1 Feb 2013 13:42:45 GMT
My favourite and one I've read a few times is Wallace Breeme's 'Eagle in the Snow'.
It's set at the fall of the Roman Empire and although the writing style isn't like modern fiction, a tension weaves its way subtly through it and the characterisation is superb. Thoughtful, intelligent 'swords and sandals' but more than that somehow.
The book's a classic now but very good. Recommended!

Posted on 1 Feb 2013 11:32:24 GMT
K. Pearson says:
I bought The Sunne in Splendour when it was cheap before Christmas and read over 350 pages which I thoroughly enjoyed as I did not know anything about this period of history. Unfortunately I could not face reading the other 750 pages. I would love to read this same story in a more condensed version if anyone can recommend an author.

Posted on 1 Feb 2013 10:04:04 GMT
I absolutely loved The Secret River, by Kate Grenville. Fascinating insight into the early days of Australia.

In reply to an earlier post on 1 Feb 2013 08:52:54 GMT
I agree with The Sunne in Splendour also with The Pillars of the Earth.
World Without End by Ken Follett is a great follow-up to The Pillars of the Earth.

Posted on 31 Jan 2013 15:44:51 GMT
The Devil's Monk: Guardian of the Book This is an excellent read.

Posted on 31 Jan 2013 12:25:09 GMT
A. Simmons says:
'Katherine' by Anya Seton. I've read it so many times my old copy literally fell apart! I wish there was a Kindle version available.

In reply to an earlier post on 31 Jan 2013 02:27:53 GMT
Last edited by the author on 31 Jan 2013 02:32:20 GMT
SD99 says:
Without doubt This Thing Of Darkness, a novel based on Darwin and Fitzroy on the Beagle and afterwards. It's an adventure story, a character study, a historical account, a sea-faring book, all rolled into one. One of those books that you don't want to end. Was long-listed for the Booker prize I think, I reckon it should have won.
Conn Iggulden's books about Genghis Khan were very good too.

Posted on 30 Jan 2013 19:10:13 GMT
Fee fee says:
So many I've loved, it's hard to pick just one....The Dovekeepers
Or Warrior Daughter...or Child of the Morning

Posted on 29 Jan 2013 21:44:03 GMT
Restoration, by Rose Tremain.

Posted on 29 Jan 2013 21:31:18 GMT
monica says:
A couple I've read since thelast thread on this topic & have never seen mentioned are De Sade's Valet--never mind the comparisons to Perfume: it's wordy, this is not--and, as I've randomly decided to define 'historical fiction' as 'factually-based & well-researched fiction about people who have died, nomatter how recently', Atta (Semiotext(e) / Intervention Series).

Posted on 29 Jan 2013 02:15:14 GMT
Ford Prefect says:
I, Claudius (Penguin Classics)
Anything by George MacDonald Fraser involving Flashman
Simon Scarrow's "Legion" series are worth a look
Bernard Cornwall: Sharpe (for Naploeonic wars) or the Excalibur (Arthurian) series ...

Posted on 28 Jan 2013 16:50:29 GMT
M. Dowden says:
I love 'Pope Joan' but I don't know if it is currently in print.

Posted on 28 Jan 2013 14:27:15 GMT
J.Yasimoto says:
Steven Pressfield - Gates of Fire (best heroic history)
The Sunne in Splendour - Sharon Penman (best actual history)
Lonesome Dove - Larry McMurtry (best western)
The Pillars of the Earth - Ken Follett (best page turner)

Posted on 28 Jan 2013 13:56:14 GMT
Fiona Hurley says:
Hard to pick a favourite, but I would have to vote for An Instance Of The Fingerpost by Iain Pears. So many historical novels contain characters that seem to have time-travelled in from the 21st century, but Pears' characters are very much of their time. There's also an intriguing mystery at its heart, and the multiple viewpoints are used masterfully.

Posted on 27 Jan 2013 20:51:30 GMT
Rusty Dee says:
Queen's Gambit
Really enjoyed this, and would recommend .. I had a proof copy ...

In reply to an earlier post on 27 Jan 2013 12:30:08 GMT
Last edited by the author on 27 Jan 2013 13:14:26 GMT
Little frog says:
Mr Best - please read the fist post on Important Announcement from Amazon re author self-promotion. You have also reviewed your own books - lol, you even reviewed one of them twice !!
Edit - sorry, make that two or your books you have reviewed twice! Can't be bothered to look at the rest.

In reply to an earlier post on 27 Jan 2013 12:01:06 GMT
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Posted on 26 Jan 2013 18:54:34 GMT
S Riaz says:
I love historical fiction and it is almost impossible to pick a favourite. I enjoy historical mysteries a lot and I am currently re-reading Berlin Noir ('March Violets', 'The Pale Criminal' and 'A German Requiem') (Penguin Crime/Mystery), which is brilliant. Recently, I loved Wolf Hall and Bring Up the Bodies, but the list of excellent historical fiction is almost endless. If you are interested in new releases you might enjoy the magazine Historical Novels Review - just google the name and you will find it.

Initial post: 26 Jan 2013 15:09:53 GMT
P.Peartree says:
What is the best historical fiction book you have read
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