Historical Fiction Reading Challenge 2015

Historical Fiction 2015The Historical Fiction Reading Challenge 2015 is hosted by Amy at Passages to the Past. It runs from 1 January to 31 December 2015 and 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. Green Darkness by Anya Seton (1968 and 16th century England)
  2. The Raven’s Head by Karen Maitland  (13th century England)
  3. Turn of the Tide by Margaret Skea (16th century Scotland)
  4. The Zig Zag Girl by Elly Griffiths (1950 England)
  5. Catching the Eagle by Karen Charlton (1809 -1811 Northumberland)
  6. Dacre’s War by Rosemary Goring (16th century Scotland and England)
  7. The Interpretation of Murder by Jed Rubenfeld (1909 USA)
  8. The Lost Garden by Katharine Swartz
  9. The Secret Keeper by Kate Morton
  10. The Outcast by Sadie Jones (1950s England)
  11. A Climate of Change by Hilary Mantel (1950s Africa and 1980s England)
  12. A Medal for Murder by Frances Brody (1922 England and 1899 South Africa – the Boer War)
  13. Last Seen in Massilia by Steven Saylor (49BC Marseilles)
  14. House of Shadows by Nicola Cornick (17th & early 18th centuries & present day – England and Europe)
  15. Silver Lies by Ann Parker (1880s USA)
  16. The Abbess of Whitby: a Novel of Hild of Northumbria by Jill Dalladay (7th century Britain)
  17. Imperium by Robert Harris (Rome 79BC – 63BC)

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