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January 10, 2012

Trust Me by Lesley Pearse

Filed under: Book Reviews,Historical Fiction — The Techie @ 12:55 pm
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Title: Trust Me Author: Lesley Pearse Genre: Fiction Publisher: Penguin UK Release Date: 2001-03 Pages: 720

It’s 1947. Sisters Dulcie (8) and May (5) live in an alright area of post-war London where their biggest problems are an over-protective father and a mother who cares more about her appearance than where the next meal is coming from. But when the girls find themselves orphaned they soon wake up to a few harsh realities. Placed in the care of

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The Birth of Venus by Sarah Dunant

Filed under: Book Reviews,Historical Fiction — The Techie @ 12:55 pm
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Title: The Birth of Venus Author: Sarah Dunant Genre: Historical Fiction Publisher: Random House Incorporated Release Date: 2004 Pages: 403

The Birth of Venus is set in Florence during the turbulent 15th century. The city, once steeped in years of Medici luxury, is besieged by plague, threat of invasion and the righteous wrath of a fundamentalist monk called Savonarola.

This book interweaves Florentine history with the coming-of-age story of 14-year-old Alessandra. Unlike her counterparts

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Into the Wilderness by Sara Donati

Filed under: Book Reviews,Historical Fiction — The Techie @ 12:55 pm
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Title: Into the Wilderness Author: Sara Donati Genre: Historical Fiction Publisher: Delta Pages: 896

In the late eighteenth century all women did what their fathers bid them, but Elizabeth Middleton decided she was different. Raised by an elderly aunt in England, Elizabeth travels to join her father at a remote American outpost. Her dream is to teach the local children and run her own school, but she soon realises that her father has brought her

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The Third Witch by Rebecca Reisert

Filed under: Book Reviews,Historical Fiction — The Writer @ 12:55 pm
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Title: The Third Witch Author: Rebecca Reisert Genre: Historical Fiction Publisher: Hodder & Stoughton Pages: 352

In her debut novel, Rebecca Reisert has taken one of Shakespeare’s most celebrated works for the stage and retold the story through the eyes of a dispossessed teenage girl.

Gilly is our half-savage heroine. She scavenges amongst the dead bodies on the battlefields that scar the Scottish landscape and lives with Nettle and Mad Helga, two haggard

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The Picture She Took by Fiona Shaw

Filed under: Book Reviews,Historical Fiction — The Writer @ 12:55 pm
Title: The Picture She Took Author: Fiona Shaw Genre: Historical Fiction Publisher: Virago Press Release Date: 2005 Pages: 344

Set in England, Belgium and Ireland in the aftermath of World War I, The Picture She Took is a love story uncomfortably pinned onto a reasonably well-drawn historical canvas. Beginning in England in the 1920s, it slowly brings together Daniel, a man mentally, physically and emotionally broken by time spent fighting with the Black and Tans, and Jude

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Snow by Orhan Pamuk

Filed under: Book Reviews,Historical Fiction — The Historian @ 12:55 pm
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Title: Snow Author: Orhan Pamuk Genre: Historical fiction Publisher: Faber & Faber Release Date: 2005 Pages: 436

A native of Istanbul, Orhan Pamuk abandoned his architecture studies to write his first book, but struggled to find a publisher. That was over twenty-five years and eight books ago. He is now Turkey’s best-selling novelist, one of Europe’s most prominent writers and his work has been translated into languages across the globe. Last year

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Remember Me by Lesley Pearse

Filed under: Book Reviews,Historical Fiction — The Techie @ 12:55 pm
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Title: Remember Me Author: Lesley Pearse Genre: Australia Publisher: Michael Joseph Release Date: 2010 Pages: 560

In 1798 a young woman from Cornwall, Mary Broad, is caught stealing a bonnet in a market; as the market is on a main street this is deemed as Highway Robbery and the sentence at the time is hanging. The sentence is commuted however and reduced to 7 years transportation.

Though at the time this sentence seems preferable to death, Mary spends many moments

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The Night Watch by Sarah Waters

Filed under: Book Reviews,Historical Fiction — The Techie @ 12:55 pm
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Title: The Night Watch Author: Sarah Waters Genre: General Fiction Publisher: Virago Press Release Date: 2006 Pages: 506

Sarah Waters shot to fame in 2002 when Fingersmith, her third novel, was shortlisted for both the Orange Prize and the Man Booker Prize. The Night Watch is Water’s fourth novel and in my mind every bit as good as Fingersmith.

Based in London, the book is set in three distinct times: post war London, London at the height of World War II, and

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