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I have been reading and loving historical fiction since the age of eleven when I found a copy of Legacy, Susan Kay’s acclaimed novel about Elizabeth I at my small-town library in Vermont.
When I was a teenager, my room was stuffed with Jean Plaidy paperbacks, the newest Margaret George and stacks of Sharon Kay Penman. I had a very strict policy of keeping to Medieval and Tudor times and wouldn’t have dreamed of reading HF with a fictional main character!
I’ve read hundreds of historical novels since then (check out my page “The List since 1995”) and am excited to share my passion for reading with others.
In my day job, I get to live out my other passion – working as a TV and multimedia journalist covering international affairs.
Now in my (ahem!) late twenties, I’m returning to HF and am loosening my restrictions. I’m trying out more “daily life” type novels in which non-royal characters take the lead. I’m also trying out Colonial America and late 19th century/early 20th century Europe.
I do read other types of books, including current affairs, travel and literary fiction. I occasionally post about non-HF books or interesting places I’ve gone to for work (Afghanistan certainly ranks at the top of the list!).
I welcome comments from other readers/bloggers and review pitches from authors (see my “Review Policy” page).
Here’s a constantly changing list of historical fiction I want to read:
The Needle in the Blood by Sarah Bower (William the Conqueror/Bayeux Tapestry)
The Twelve Rooms of the Nile by Enid Shomer (19th century Egypt)
May the Road Rise Up to Meet You by Peter Troy (19th century Immigrants)
The Secret Life of William Shakespeare by Jude Morgan (Elizabethan England)
Blue Asylum by Kathy Hepinstall (Civil War South)
The Angel Makers by Jessica Gregson (WWI Europe)
Alex and Nicky by Virginia Rounding (Nonfiction – Romanovs)
The Master of Verona by David Blixt (early Renaissance Italy)