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If I like Tracy Chevalier's books what else might I like?

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CambridgeBlue Mon 17-Mar-14 16:28:42

I read Remarkable Creatures on a whim because we often go to Dorset on holiday and I thought it might be interesting. I really enjoyed it and am now racing through The Last Runaway which I'm having trouble putting down!

I haven't read much other historical stuff but wondered what else in a similar vein - not necessarily historical, just something with a bit of substance but not too highbrow - I might enjoy.

highlandcoo Mon 17-Mar-14 16:44:34

With a similar theme to The Last Runaway I think you would enjoy The Invention of Wings by Sue Monk Kidd. Her other books are also very good, The Secret Lives of Bees in particular.

I think you would also like Sue Gee - try The Mystery of Glass and Earth and Heaven.

Ann Patchett is one of my favourite writers - try Bel Canto and State of Wonder.

Also Kate Grenville - The Secret River is very good. An absorbing story with interesting details about life in Australia during the days when we sent ships of convicts there.

fideline Mon 17-Mar-14 16:45:30

Falling Angels is her best (IMO). Have you got that lined up?

Pat Barker?? Liza's century, The Regeneration trilogy....

fideline Mon 17-Mar-14 16:49:29

Sorry that should be [[ Liza's England]] also published as The Century's daughter, I think.

The Regeneration trilogy can be bought in one hefty volume if you're feeling brave

fideline Mon 17-Mar-14 16:50:44


Liza's England

emmelinelucas Mon 17-Mar-14 16:54:43

I would recommend Salley Vickers' books.

They have the same kind of tone.

Well, I think so

CambridgeBlue Tue 18-Mar-14 07:32:29

Thanks, I finished The Last Runaway last night and my Kindle recommended some of these too smile I will look at what else she's written as I think there are a few more and then try some of your suggestions.

BaileyWhite Tue 18-Mar-14 07:37:35

HighlandCoo Excellent suggestion smile. Sue Monk Kidd's entire oeuvre would work here I agree.

Also try 'Cane River' by Lalita Tademy and 'Swamplandia' by Karen Russell. It has some magical realism but is such a beautifully written evocative book with the strong sense of place many US writers possess.

janesnowdon1 Tue 25-Mar-14 19:40:32

Books by Jude Morgan, such as A Taste of Sorrow - a ficitionalised account of the life of the Brontes or Passion about Mary Shelley are similar to Tracey Chevalier I think,

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