Recommendations: Historical Fiction

Friday 19 December 2014

Changling by Philppa Gregory
Quite a simple read that combines fantasy and mystery with life in 15th Century Italy. While this isn't the best book out there, it is worth persevering with for the second and third books in the as yet incomplete quartet.

Fleshmarket by Nicola Morgan
This has a much darker tone than most historical fiction I've come across. It deals heavily fairly heavily with death and squalor - and Burke and Hare, who don't really need much of an explanation. Still, a very interesting read that made me think.

The Book Thief by Markus Zusak
For such a big book that focuses on such an important and heavy topic, I actually found it to be a very quick and easy read. It wasn't the tear-jerker I expected (blame that on my heart of ice) but it still got me thinking and feeling and being grateful for the world I live in now. 


  1. I've gotten really into Historical Fiction lately, and the Book Thief is on the top of my TBR list. My favourite historical fiction would have to be The Boy in The Striped Pajamas by John Boyne. It was emotional!

    1. Honestly, I would say maybe bump it down to about third. I'd also watch the film first because it is much better (in my opinion). The book was enjoyable and I did like it, but not a lot really happened in it. :/

    2. That's unfortunate to hear. I probably will watch the movie first then, I've seen the trailers and it looks amazing! Thanks for the advice :)

    3. You're welcome. My nan and I both saw it before reading it and we agreed that the film made it more enjoyable and emotional.


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