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book recommendations please!

Discussion in 'Book club' started by beckycharles, Mar 2, 2011.

  1. Hello there,
    Have just finished reading World Without End-Ken Follett and need to download another book to my kindle. I enjoy reading lots of different genres but especially historical fiction, authors such as CJ Sansom, Sarah Dunant, Ken Follett. Can anyone recommend something I might enjoy? I'm always open to new suggestions.
    Thanks,
    Becky
     
  2. Hello there,
    Have just finished reading World Without End-Ken Follett and need to download another book to my kindle. I enjoy reading lots of different genres but especially historical fiction, authors such as CJ Sansom, Sarah Dunant, Ken Follett. Can anyone recommend something I might enjoy? I'm always open to new suggestions.
    Thanks,
    Becky
     
  3. impis

    impis New commenter

    'Lady of Hay' by Barbara Erskine is a jolly good story.
    The main character goes back in time in Wales and has all sorts of adventures.
    I really enjoyed it.
    Here's the blurb:
    A novel about an English journalist who discovers she's
    led a past life as a 12th-century Welsh princess. Jo Clifford is a
    cynical, highly successful London journalist who has decided to do a
    series of articles on hypnosis - a practice she is sure she will debunk.
    Imagine her surprise, then, when she gets herself put under and
    discovers that she's lived before - as the beautiful Matilda, Lady of
    Hay, wife of the brutal Lord William de Braose. As Matilda, Jo watches
    de Braose's massacre of Welsh nationals (part of an English scheme to
    subjugate the country) in 1174. She comes back to the present screaming,
    but eventually decides to put herself under again (and again) to find
    out what happens to Matilda. In the meantime - and quite unbelievably -
    it turns out that the three 20th-century men who are in love with Jo
    also lived in the 12th century: photographer Tim Heacham is her gentle
    lover, Richard, Earl of Clare; while brothers Nick and Sam Franklyn are
    King John and gruff hubby de Braose, respectively. In the 12th-century
    material here, there's a serviceable historical in which Matilda - a
    highly independent woman for her day - bears children, has her affair
    with Richard, allows herself to be taken hostage to save her family, and
    finally crosses King John and is murdered by him (along with her young
    son) in 1212.
     
  4. InkyP

    InkyP Star commenter

    I have recently enjoyed Room by Emma Donaghue, Never Let me go by Kasuo Ishiguro and A week in December by Sebastian Faulks. I also use a Kindle, I think I paid full price for Room as it had been reveiwed on TV but the other two were reduced.
     
  5. Have you read any Noah Gordon?
    The Physician and the follow up Shaman are really good (well, I seem to remember I loved them and have just bought them again about 20 years on.
    In fact, I have read most of his stuff and enjoyed it - take a look
    http://www.noahgordonbooks.com/novels.htm
    I would also recommend Credo, by Melvyn Bragg.
    Birdsong, by Sebastian Faulks.
    Manda Scott's Boudica series.
    And anything by Alison Weir.

     
  6. If you enjoyed CJ Sansom then I am sure you will love the 2 novels by Rory Clements - Martyr and the new one called Revenger. very similar - Elizabethan times - a historical whodunnit with an appealing sleuth.
     
  7. Thanks all! Some of these look great, a good list to work my way through! :)
     
  8. minnie me

    minnie me Lead commenter

    Sarah Dunant is superb .I hated the Barbara Erskine .It went on forever .
     
  9. TheoGriff

    TheoGriff Star commenter

    OK.
    Something entirely different that I have just finished, and regret having done so! Finished it, I mean, no regrets for having read it.
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    Its full title is That Summer in Sicily - a love story. And on reflection I suppose that it is, but not obviously so. In fact I would say that it ist he story of a love of Sicily, of a love for the land, the food, the people. Read the Amazon reviews: http://www.amazon.co.uk/product-reviews/034549766X/ref=dp_top_cm_cr_acr_txt?ie=UTF8&showViewpoints=1
    Can't wait to get some of her other books.
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  10. I recently read "The Antomy of Ghosts" by AndrewTaylor, and loved every minute of it.
     
  11. Edward Rutherfurd (with a u) is EXACTLY what you are looking for.
    EXACTLY.
     
  12. A Thousand Days in Venice and A Thousand Days in Tuscany,by Marlena di Blasi are both very good too.
     
  13. I really like Gabriel Garcia Marquez' 'Love in the time of Cholera' and Albert Camus 'The Plague'.
     
  14. 'The hand that first held mine' - Maggie O'Farrell. Lovely - some of story in the past (50's/60's) and some in present day. Her 'The Vanishing Act of Esme Lennox' was brilliant too.
     
  15. I decided on Room for something a bit different and have absolutely loved it! Couldn't put it down, i'll be working my way through your recommendations! Thanks all x
     
  16. Beautiful Creatures and Beautiful Darkness - by authorial (sp?) pair Garcia and Stohl - historical fiction with a twist. Found these books absolutely engrossing.
     
  17. I am delighted - don't forget the first one too - think it is called "Martyr" and there is a new one called "Prince" on the way
     
  18. I would add Robert Harris to the list. Fatheralnd, Enigma, Pompei and Archangel are all excellent.
     

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