Best Historical Fiction

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13,473 utenti
650 recensioni
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12,953 utenti
289 recensioni
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34 Members
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Spiegazioni
elkiedee : I absolutely loved this when I read it but it was over 30 years ago now. I should reread, and would recommend to people who love historical fiction. I am thumbing it down because it's not a historical novel, it is a dual narrative story with a large part set in the past, but also a novel largely set in the author's present at the time of writing (late 1980s, published 1990).
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5,887 utenti
226 recensioni
3.9
28 Members
karen_o, Ravic, Fourpawz2, kiwiflowa, melonbrawl, rainpebble, merrystar, skyrad43, LisaMaria_C, ValLloyd, Doey, bfkendrick, peterveen, gypsysmom, ahef1963, leslie.98, GerrysBookshelf, Lyn5r, cvogt, ryaSilvia, DDreawriter, Laura1124, Maybelline, Asimina.Palaiou, MarleneMacke, fredasteele, ManWithAnAgenda, steller0707,elkiedee
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elkiedee : I love this novel - but it's not historical fiction - it's a mostly contemporary novel with historical appeal. The main character is a 20th century police detective convalescing in bed and "investigating" the case of Richard III and the Princes in the Tower, but it's set in the author's present day.
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12,997 utenti
122 recensioni
½ 3.7
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40,003 utenti
525 recensioni
4.1
25 Members
Edward, hipdeep, .Monkey., chgstrom, sjmccreary, richgatlin, skyrad43, freetrader, brenzi, elkiedee, Doey, Twixi, peterveen, Himalmitra, gypsysmom, RobPoulton, nagasravika.bodapati, bcrowl399, Lyn5r, sugandh, ryaSilvia, Laura1124, Asimina.Palaiou, ShawIslandLibrary, KarlaC,kiwiflowa ,aulsmith ,sturlington ,leslie.98
Spiegazioni
aulsmith : Doesn't meet my definition of historical fiction.
sturlington : Took place during the author's lifetime and based partly on his experiences.
elkiedee: Historical fiction is set in the past but it can be a period within the author's lifetime - the past can look very different from 25 or 40 years later. I hope no one who argues this isn't a historical novel believes that either Possession or The Daughter of Time, both above this in the list, are historical fiction. They are brilliant novels which I would recommend to fans of historical fiction but they are both contemporary novels with significant interest for historical fiction readers.
leslie.98 : Not historical fiction
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27,126 utenti
631 recensioni
4.1
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403 recensioni
4.1
30 Members
kageeh, Nickelini, kiwiflowa, rainpebble, Cecrow, roby72, sjmccreary, richgatlin, DeltaQueen50, deldevries, brenzi, michalsuz, thecoroner, elkiedee, kcorrea, Ameise1, Doey, Twixi, peterveen, John_Vaughan, Himalmitra, gypsysmom, jaysbooks, ahef1963, GerrysBookshelf, ryaSilvia, Laura1124, rplinke, fredasteele, KarlaC,longway ,smcwl ,aulsmith ,lewbs ,Matteocalosi ,leigonj ,Luisali ,leslie.98
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smcwl : Not written as historical fiction.
elkiedee: I think historical fiction can be set in the relatively recent past. 10 years after the war writers in countries on all sides might well have had a very different perspective on those events. I would have no problem regarding a novel written this year but about the Iraq war that started in 2003 and ending before this, as historical fiction. Or a book set in Britain under the last Labour government, or the US just after Obama was elected or reelected, as historical fiction. I think it might be a bit soon to consider a pandemic novel historical fiction, but maybe within 5 years it will be part of our history.
Matteocalosi : Partly autobiographical and written only 10 years after the end of the war, not historical fiction
leslie.98 : Not historical fiction
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379 recensioni
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147 recensioni
4.1
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3.9
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182 recensioni
½ 4.3
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½ 4.3
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4.1
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682 recensioni
4.1
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5,903 utenti
313 recensioni
4.1
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16,188 utenti
287 recensioni
4.1
19 Members
eshaw27, rainpebble, Cecrow, merrystar, deldevries, elkiedee, ValLloyd, Doey, cej1027, gypsysmom, ahef1963, NinieB, Alice-W-Greene, DDreawriter, Laura1124, This-n-That, Daviette, fredasteele, KarlaC,aulsmith ,sturlington ,ManWithAnAgenda
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aulsmith : Not historical fiction by my definition.
elkiedee: It was written several decades after it was set, perhaps more than 50 years later, and while it was somewhat autobiographical it was also fictionalised and presented as a novel. Although it's loosely based on the author's life and that of her family, lots of details have been changed, added, left out and this is historical fiction.
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55 recensioni
3.9
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87 recensioni
½ 4.3
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89 recensioni
4.2
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294 recensioni
½ 3.7
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265 recensioni
4
17 Members
rainpebble, Cecrow, roby72, thecoroner, cfk, Doey, gypsysmom, al.vick, ahef1963, leslie.98, NinieB, jaromdl, Laura1124, fredasteele, CharleneLB, KarlaC, Kathyk22,aulsmith
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aulsmith : Not historical fiction by my definition.
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1,768 utenti
39 recensioni
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5,295 utenti
90 recensioni
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16 Members
karen_o, Ravic, varielle, rainpebble, DeltaQueen50, deldevries, Doey, Bluewolf0411, Twixi, John_Vaughan, ElectricPhase, bcrowl399, jaromdl, ShawIslandLibrary, fredasteele, cindyi1218,longway ,aulsmith ,Matteocalosi ,RobPoulton
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longway: It is a thriller novel about an attempt to kill French President De Gaulle, written aroud ten years later the real attempt which inspire the novel
Matteocalosi : Not historical fiction
RobPoulton : contemporary adventure fiction
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22 recensioni
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232 recensioni
3.9
14 Members
Nickelini, charl08, Cariola, rainpebble, sturlington, Twixi, gypsysmom, ahef1963, kara.shamy, jaromdl, madhatter73, mspixieears, ShawIslandLibrary, fredasteele,aulsmith ,oakdale
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aulsmith : This is a mix of historical and contemporary fiction. I would have preferred it to be one or the other.