Category Archives: historical novels

The Book of Negroes:

Daughter Marjorie read Lawrence Hill’s Book of Negroes and said it would probably be her Book of the Year, even though we are still in March. And yes, I think it is that good. It covers the story of a single African … Continue reading

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Private Peaceful.

Private Peaceful, by Michael Morpurgo, is one of many books about WWI which are being highlighted this year in the library, schools and bookshops here in Abingdon. This is written for children/young adults, but is well worth reading by adults. … Continue reading

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Two Brothers. Ben Elton

In the 1930s my father had a foreign pen-friend. (If you are young, think of FB messaging or email!) In 1939 his friend in Germany joined the Luftwaffe and my dad in England joined the RAF. Neither ever got back in … Continue reading

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The Iliad, The Odyssey- and The Penelopiad?

I like stories that reverse our perception of a well-known story. Wicked was more enjoyable to me than the Wizard of Oz. I did wonder how Margaret Atwood could match Odysseus’ ten years of war and ten years of wandering … Continue reading

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Purple Hibiscus/ Half a Yellow Sun

My book group is reading a book by Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie, Half of a Yellow Sun, which I find difficult reading. So a friend lends me another book by the same author! Adichie is a great writer. She weaves together … Continue reading

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Unquiet Bones

I may be won over to another detective series. I loved Edith Pargetter’s Brother Cadfael and I loved Tony Hillerman’s Navajo/Dine detectives, Joe Leaphorn and Jim Chee. This book, The Unquiet Bones, by Melvin R. Starr, is focussed on a … Continue reading

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The Tainted Coin:Mel Starr

Quick read, medieval mystery while I work through a book I may not get through. It’s one of a series, so has a fan base, but the most interesting thing about it was its setting- Abingdon mostly! Lots of horse … Continue reading

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