Historical Fiction Reading Challenge 2014

Historical Tapestry is hosting this challenge. It runs from 1 January to 31 December 2014 Historical Fiction 2014and you can choose from the following levels:

  • 20th century reader €“ 2 books
  • Victorian reader €“ 5 books
  • Renaissance Reader €“ 10 books
  • Medieval €“ 15 books
  • Ancient History €“ 25 books
  • Prehistoric €“ 50+ books

I will be aiming for Ancient History (25 books) again but will see how close I can get to the Prehistoric level!

I am using the Historical Novel Society€™s definition:

To be deemed historical (in our sense), a novel must have been written at least fifty years after the events described, or have been written by someone who was not alive at the time of those events (who therefore approaches them only by research).

We also consider the following styles of novel to be historical fiction for our purposes: alternate histories (e.g. Robert Harris€™ Fatherland), pseudo-histories (eg. Umberto Eco€™sIsland of the Day Before), time-slip novels (e.g. Barbara Erskine€™s Lady of Hay), historical fantasies (eg. Bernard Cornwell€™s King Arthur trilogy) and multiple-time novels (e.g. Michael Cunningham€™s The Hours).

My Progress:

  1. Dying in the Wool by Frances Brody (1922)
  2. Crucible by S G MacLean (1632)
  3. The King’s Evil by Edward Marston (1666)
  4. The Last Enchantment by Mary Stewart (historical fantasy 5th century Britain)
  5. The Potter’s Hand by A N Wilson (late 8th & early 19th centuries – the Wedgwood family)
  6. St Bartholomew’s Man by Mary Delorme (late 11th/early 12th centuries)
  7. The Wicked Day by Mary Stewart (historical fantasy 5th century Britain)
  8. The Witch’s Brat by Rosemary Sutcliff (12th century England)
  9. A Whispered Name by William Brodrick (First World War)
  10. The Sea Change by Joanna Rossiter (1940s and 1971)
  11. Pictures at an Exhibition by Camilla Macpherson (1940s and present day)
  12. North Sea Cottage by Dorte Hummelshoj Jakobsen (1940s and present day)
  13. Midnight in St Petersburg by Vanora Bennett (1911, 1916-19, Russian Revolution)
  14. The Dance of Love by Angela Young (1899 – 1919)
  15. Shadows on Our Skin by Jennifer Johnston
  16. The Last Runaway by Tracy Chevalier (1850s, Ohio)
  17. Dark Matter: the Private Life of Sir Isaac Newton by Philip Kerr (London, 1696)
  18. The Sunrise by Victoria Hislop (Cyprus 1970s – an exception to the 50 year rule!)
  19. Entry Island by Peter May (dual time – present day Canada and 19th century Scotland)
  20. Testament of a Witch by Douglas Watt (1687 Scotland)
  21. The Shroud Maker by Kate Ellis (19th century England & modern day)
  22. Time’s Echo by Pamela Hartshorne (16th century York & present day)
  23. The Vanishing Witch by Karen Maitland (1380 – 1381 England)
  24. Lamentation by C J Sansom (1546, England)
  25. Dominion by C J Sansom (1952)
  26. Portrait in Sepia by Isabel Allende (1862 – 1910 Chile)


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