2015 A to Z Challenge: L is for LIST OF AUTHORS

I don’t want to compile a list of all authors who write/wrote historical fiction – just those I have read and those I feel I ought to read.

I haven’t actually read a lot of historical fiction.  These are the authors I remember having read:

  • Sue Barnard
  • Tracy Chevalier
  • Vanessa Couchman
  • Philippa Gregory
  • Carol Hedges
  • Gill James
  • Nancy Jardine
  • Pamela Melnikoff
  • David Rory O’Neill
  • D. B. Schaefer
  • Rosemary Sutcliff (It’s not her fault that her book put me off ancient history for decades!)

Which other authors should I read now? Any recommendations?

By Miriam Drori

Author, editor, attempter of this thing called life. Social anxiety warrior. Cultivating a Fuji, edition 3, a poignant, humorous and uplifting tale, published with Ocelot Press, January 2023.

8 replies on “2015 A to Z Challenge: L is for LIST OF AUTHORS”

Mary Renault. As a child I read Jean Plaidy’s books, and while they aren’t great literature (whereas Mary Renault is very highly regarded) they did give spark an interest in history. For the best book about Richard III, Josephine Tey’s novel ‘The Daughter of Time’ contains the best historical research and was instrumental in clearing his name. Robert Graves’ Claudius books.

Probably stating the obvious, but Hilary Mantel’s Wolf Hall is highly regarded and wonderfully written.

Have read three of those authors – Sue Barnard, Vanessa Couchman, and Nancy Jardine – and enjoyed their novels very much. Recently read Judith Starkston’s Hand of Fire about Briseis and the Trojan War – very well researched given the period. Loved Mary Renault and as a child read a lot of G A Henty, although not sure if he would now be accepted as accurate.

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