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Historical fiction recommendations?

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MissHoneyBee Sun 10-Jan-16 18:28:49

Ebook, real, whatever.

The last three I've read have been 'a thousand splendid suns', 'the kite runner', and 'white dog feel from the sky'. Basically, all (recent) historical fiction, all brilliant.

Any recommendation for the next? Literally no clue where to start.

TIA smile

thunderbird69 Sun 10-Jan-16 18:34:56

The Help?

Quogwinkle Sun 10-Jan-16 18:45:38

Summertime by Vanessa Lafaye was good. Set in 1930s Florida Keys at the time of the biggest hurricane storm ever to hit mainland America. I thought it brilliantly evocative of that era.

Muskey Sun 10-Jan-16 18:50:55

I have literally just finished the innocent traitor by Alison weir. It is about lady Jane grey and it was very good indeed. Also if you like the Tudors/plantagenants the sunne in the splendor is also very good

horseygeorgie Sun 10-Jan-16 18:56:13

Does it have to be recent? One of my favourites is 'here be dragons' by Sharon Penman, set in medieval times. Very readable! Also 'Katherine' by Anya Seaton about Katherine Swynford.

ginmakesitallok Sun 10-Jan-16 18:57:20

The last train to Istanbul was pretty good.

thunderbird69 Sun 10-Jan-16 19:03:48

Also - The Cellist of Sarajevo is very good

IDoAllMyOwnStunts Sun 10-Jan-16 19:06:35

Have you tried any Tracey Chevalier? The Lady and the Unicorn is good, Girl With a Pearl Earring and also The Runaway by her.
Also Burial Rites by Hannah Kent is excellent.

MissHoneyBee Sun 10-Jan-16 20:47:24

Thanks for all suggestions guys. Hopefully I'll see some in the library. :D

Khara Sun 10-Jan-16 22:01:31

I'm reading Half the world in winter by Maggie joel - set in Victorian England with lots of historical detail.

Petradreaming Sun 10-Jan-16 22:03:55

Philippa Gregory. Not entirely fiction but quite a lot of artistic license used. Very readable.

Bunbaker Sun 10-Jan-16 22:07:45

Philippa Gregory has also written historical fiction. The Wideacre Trilogy had me hooked. I really enjoyed Fingersmith and Tipping the Velvet by Sarah Waters as well.

Artus Sun 10-Jan-16 22:26:43

The Lymond books by Dorothy Dunnet. Out of print now but you should find the in the library. The best fictional hero ever IMHO!

Helenluvsrob Sun 10-Jan-16 22:29:23

All the shardlake series by c j Samson. Brilliant books.

Helenluvsrob Sun 10-Jan-16 22:31:34

If you want to go ancient history, the Falco books by Lindsay Davis.

CoteDAzur Mon 11-Jan-16 10:58:26

I'm not sure this is up your street if you are looking for books similar to 1000 Splendid Suns, but these are fantastic historical fiction novels:

This Thing Of Darkness
The Luminaries
Heart Of Darkness
Measuring The World

Matildatoldsuchdreadfullies Mon 11-Jan-16 11:02:27

The Starbridge novels by Susan Howatch - basically the history of the Church of England in the twentieth century. But you don't have to be remotely religious to enjoy them.

Efferlunt Mon 11-Jan-16 11:03:02

The Luminaries is ace set during the NZ gold rush. All 800 pages of it.

Bunbaker Mon 11-Jan-16 13:27:50

I particularly enjoyed Ken Follett's The Pillars of the Earth and World Without End, both set in medieval England.

cosytoaster Mon 11-Jan-16 13:36:06

I loved Norah Lofts' Suffolk House Trilogy, they follow the history of a house via the lives of the people who lived in it and is very readable. Also enjoyed the Ken Follet books recommended above and some of Philippa Gregory's books - I enjoyed the Kingmaker's Daughter the most.

Flingingmelon Mon 11-Jan-16 13:50:34

I know every one knows all about Hillary Mantel but her French Revolution novel; 'a place of greater safety' is a total masterpiece, much superior to wolf hall.

SenecaFalls Mon 11-Jan-16 13:54:39

Restoration by Rose Tremain

Lunaballoon Mon 11-Jan-16 14:38:40

Another vote for Ken Follett's Pillars of the Earth and World without End. I listened to them as audiobooks as they're massive epics. The Last English King by Julian Rathbone is another good read about King Harold and the Norman Conquest.

WillowinGloves Mon 11-Jan-16 18:08:37

Diana Norman wrote some good ones - my favourite is The Vizard Mask. You'd need a second-hand copy - don't think it would be in the library.

MissHoneyBee Tue 12-Jan-16 23:17:41

Thanks everyone for response! Book hunting tomorrow with this list so shall see if I spot any. :D

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