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Historical fiction fan trying to read non-fiction

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Meduse Fri 20-Oct-17 19:26:37

I love History and inhale well written historical fiction but feel from time to time I would like to read factual history books or biographies.
I tend to struggle though as I read fast and so times get bogged down in the detail trying to get to the storyline
Am I alone here? do any of you find a way of keeping both fiction and non-fiction going or have any books they recommend? I'm currently trying to read Antonua Frasers book about the Gunpowder Plot

MeredithLogue Fri 20-Oct-17 19:31:20

Two words.....Alison Weir!

StressheadMcGee Fri 20-Oct-17 19:33:03

I'm currently reading Ron Chernow's Alexander Hamilton biography. It's huge but really well written (and it was the inspiration for Hamilton which I'm desperate to go and see!)

Tournesol Fri 20-Oct-17 19:35:17

I absolutely loved Mary S. Lovell'so non fiction bio of The Mitford Girls. It covers fascinating era of history but reads like a novel as the sisters really come to life in her writing.

ButtfaceMiscreant Fri 20-Oct-17 19:36:45

Seconding Alison Weir. Her histories are so well-researched and (most of the time) she writes without bias.

nodogsinthebedroom Fri 20-Oct-17 19:38:42

William Dalrymple!

Meduse Fri 20-Oct-17 20:45:44

Thank you! I will go and seek out your suggestions

fatowl Sat 21-Oct-17 01:11:57

Another recommendation for Alison weir.

I enjoyed Marc Morris book on Edward I as well

CoteDAzur Sat 21-Oct-17 10:49:39

Into Thin Air

The Worst Journey In The World

Tealdeal747 Sat 04-Nov-17 07:48:21

Jean Plaidy.

BrandNewHouse Sat 04-Nov-17 12:37:33

Message withdrawn at poster's request.

lucydogz Wed 15-Nov-17 09:21:22

Sarah Gristwood is also very good

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