The past truly is a foreign country. It takes a special kind of novel to really bring us into the mind of times past. So many authors have been so fascinated by the past that they have decided to set a book there. They bring a modern mindset to past events. Who could forget the characters of Scarlett O’Hara and Rhett Butler falling in love through the pages of Margaret Mitchell’s 1936 novel “Gone With The Wind” or Horatio Hornblower swashbuckling his way through C.S Forester’s Napoleonic war series. Historical fiction can take us to times and places we could never dream of visiting. We can visit the Roman Empire and solve crimes with detective Marcus Didius Falco (“The Silver Pigs” by Lindsey Davis) or party during the roaring ‘20s in Jillian Larkin’s Flapper series. We can visit America during the period of slavery (“Hang a Thousand Trees With Ribbons” by Ann Rinaldi) or join Henderson’s Boys (Robert Muchamore) on another daring mission in occupied Europe during World War 2.
Historical novels make us laugh and cry but most of all they make us examine the past and dream of exotic places and times long ago.
Why not give one of these suggestions a go:
1. Gone With The Wind – Margaret Mitchell
2. Mr.Midshopman Hornblower – C.S.Forester
3. The Silver Pigs – Lindsey Davis
4. Vixen – Jillian Larkin
5. Hang a Thousand trees With Ribbons – Ann Rinaldi
6. The Escape – Robert Muchamore
7. The Rogue’s Princess – Eve Edwards
8. What I Saw and How I Lied – Judy Blundell