Apologies for yet another of these threads - I promise I have read back through previous discussions but I was wondering if you might be able to help with specific recommendations if I gave an indication of previous likes and dislikes.
I seem to have come to the end of the back catalogues of my favourite historical fiction authors and am looking for recommendations. Grateful to anyone who is prepared to read through my likes and dislikes below to see if they can recommend me something.
I have read and really liked the following: all of Sharon Penman's stuff, Helen Hollick's Saxon books, all the Elizabeth Chadwick (especially the William Marshal books - early ones I find a bit bodice-ripper like, later ones have better plot and intrigue), early Philippa Gregory (nothing beyond the Boleyn Inheritance), Anya Seton's Katherine, Ken Follett's Pillars of the Earth (but no others of his), Julian Rathbone's Last English King and Kings of Albion (but I didn't like A Very English Agent). Quite enjoyed Patricia Finney. Liked most of the Tracy Chevalier books (although not strictly "historical fiction"). Also enjoyed a book called Needle in the Blood (can't remember the author's name).
Have also enjoyed the books by Giles Milton.
Have kind of enjoyed but been somewhat bewildered by the rapturous reviews of C J Sansom ( I enjoyed them but I'm not sure I would re-read them) and Bernard Cornwell (I like the Warlord Chronicles and am currently partway through the Alfred/Uhtred saga but was left unmoved by the Grail quest trilogy and Azincourt. Not tried Sharpe.). Not fond of Sarah Dunant.
Read Jean Plaidy as a teenager and Georgette Heyer. Not convinced that's the kind of stuff I want now but am willing to be persuaded otherwise.
I like to read historical fiction where I feel the author has done their research and homework or at least explains where they have invented characters/storylines. I also prefer books that really come to life - if I want dry factual stuff alone I'll pick up a David Starkey or Antonia Fraser. I have tended to read early/ medieval periods, haven't really delved into anything beyond the 17th century although I am willing to try.
Am minded to try Dorothy Dunnett next after some reviews I've read on these forums but would really appreciate some other recommendations. I read stupidly fast which means I'm always running out of stuff to read. Although I read all genres, historical fiction and science fantasy are my staples - in the latter, Steven Erikson's Malazan series and George R R Martin's A Song of Ice and Fire are current favourites, if that assists with recommendations at all.
Diana Gabaldon doesn't really appeal from the reviews I've read but am I really missing out on something? Is she like Barbara Erskine (read as a teenager, probably wouldn't read now)?
Finally, I've been toying with the thought of Wolf Hall but am concerned I will not like it... thoughts? opinion seems to be very divided into love or hate on that one.
Many thanks in advance to you all.
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