Historical fiction

I love reading, writing and history.  So I decided that it would be a great idea if I combined all of these things and wrote historical fiction.

Soon after deciding this I happened to be in my local library and chanced upon a book called Flashman by George MacDonald Fraser.  I stood in the book stack and read page after page.  I noticed it getting darker.  I glanced at the book.  I had read about a third of it.  I was hooked.  It was like an epiphany.

George MacDonald Fraser

George MacDonald Fraser (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

The Flashman series seems to me be the best historical writing around.  I have never found anything to match it.  However, I have found some other writers of historical fiction who I really enjoy.

In no particular order these are: Simon Scarrow, Ben Kane, Rosemary Sutclliff, Bernard Cornwall, Rose Tremain, Henry Treece and Frans Gunnar Bengtsson.

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2 Responses to Historical fiction

  1. What a peculiar coincidence. According to Wikipedia, Mr. Fraser broke his arm while writing Flashman, with only his wife’s encouragement keeping him going. Kindred souls… or broken arms =)

  2. A fantastic list! I wish you many hours of lost in great tales reading. Cheers

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