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    I'm looking to for some new historical fiction books. I just started getting into this type of book. The only ones I've read are Year of Wonders and The Kitchen House, both of which I loved.

    Any favourites or suggestions?

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    I read The Other Boleyn Girl and really enjoyed it. Much better than the movie!

    I don't know if you're interested in alternate history, but Harry Turtledove writes some interesting stuff (what would have happened if the South won the Civil War, for example).
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    It's been awhile since I've read it, but I really enjoyed London by Edward Rutherford. It's pretty lengthy however. Book description:

    "London follows six different families from the Roman settlement to the dockland development of today. Real-life characters and events of British history are found in London as well, but it is the period details and the stories of ordinary Londoners, whose daily lives are affected by events that have shaped the city over two thousand years, that bring the novel to life.

    In London Rutherfurd provides more than just the familiar sights and revelations, he gives a voice to a city whose history is one of the most remarkable in the world."
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    Quote Originally Posted by Tojai View Post
    I read The Other Boleyn Girl and really enjoyed it. Much better than the movie!

    I don't know if you're interested in alternate history, but Harry Turtledove writes some interesting stuff (what would have happened if the South won the Civil War, for example).
    Agreed! The Other Boleyn Girl and all the other books by Philipa Gregory.

    And I, Elizabeth. Its about Elizabeth I.
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    Philipa Gregory, Kate Morton, Christi Phillips, Susan Holloway Scott, Kate Emerson, Alison Weir, Jean Plaidy are great historical fiction authors!
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    Thanks for the suggestions!

    I hated the Other Boleyn Girl (the movie) so much, I don't think I can read the book.

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    My all-time most favorite historical fiction book is The Mists of Avalon by Marion Zimmer Bradley. It's the story of King Arthur retold with more focus on the women (his mother, half-sister, wife).
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    Definitely Phillipa Gregory, she has so many more books besides The Other Boleyn Girl and they are all amazing.

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    The Heretic Queen and Nefertiti are both awesome historical fiction books if you're into ancient Greece. Cleopatra's Daughter is by the same author (Michelle Moran I think) and is about ancient Rome. They are some of my favorites.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Dr.VinoVet View Post
    Agreed! The Other Boleyn Girl and all the other books by Philipa Gregory.

    And I, Elizabeth. Its about Elizabeth I.
    I really liked this book! Also most Phillippa Gregory is good...and I read March, which takes place in the Civil War and is actually about the father from Little Women.
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    You believe lies so you eventually learn to trust no one but yourself.
    And sometimes good things fall apart so better things can fall together.

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