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  1. Sis

    Sis Rootles out resources!

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    for good historical novels would be gratefully received please. I'm finally getting back in to reading and always enjoy these type of books.:)
     
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    Daft Bat Administrator. Chief cook & bottle washer! Staff Member

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    I think that @Ma-dotcom would be a good person to ask. ;)

    From what I see, she reads a lot of books! :D
     
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    AnnB Editor in Chief who is Hot off the Press!

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    I would recommend anything by Philippa Gregory. A couple of her lesser known books which I really enjoyed were "Earthly Joys" and "Virgin Earth", about the Tradescant family :)
     
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    Ma-dotcom A Bonza Little Digger!

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    Just lately I'm heavily into Australian Authors on Australian Outback .
    The one I am currently reading is 'Bush Doctors' by Annabelle Brayley. She tells the story of 16 Doctors & their beginings & lives in & from Rural & Remote areas of Australia. It has, I've just discovered photos of those Doctors in the centre piece.
    I was able to confer with our nephew David in Darwin- or Kunumurra- on whether he had met a particular Lady Doctor in that region. Others are still currently doing there medical thing.
    Of note are those Doctors who worked with & among indiginous peoples & made a big difference, things still need to be done there but as the training of people in those communities goes on things will surely improve,- with or without Government assistance.
    Showed that not only rich kids can become Medical wonders.

    They're a weird mob but so worth applause for all that they do.

    To think I started out reading stories of Flying Doctors & there lives in & around the Northern areas of South Australia & N. Territory. They take a while to arrive in our local library, seems not too many people know of them around here.
    That's about to change. ;)

    Okay, so to Sis, what type of historical books interest you? Any particular Country?
     
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    Any country will do Wendy. For some unknown reason they are the only books that I can get interested in. When I was working, (which seems years ago now:D), I used to walk past a book shop every lunchtime and quite often they would have free books out the front. Well, never one to pass up a freebie I would check them out and if they seemed interesting I saved them for my retirement. Now though I can't seem to get in to any of them, they aren't historical stories. I think I'll take them to the op shop.:)
     
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    Ma-dotcom A Bonza Little Digger!

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    Try the Australian lot Anne, at least one of these Doctros was from or lived in Perth for a time. Tho' mainly N.T. NSW. regions they also went to New Guinea & other islands. It's just interesting how their careers began, some later in life, one chap also found himself to be of indiginous beginnings which had been covered up by family.
    This book has really stired up my interest which was always strong for Flying Doctors etc. Earlier books were novels which told terrific stories of their jobs in the outback. They just take forever to arrive at local Library.
    a few edits- excitement lost control of spelling ;)
     
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    If you count WW2 as historical, I would recommend Crooked Heart by Lissa Evans.
    Although it's about an evacuee it's not at all what you would expect-not in the least sentimental. But the end will have you in tears (in a good way!)
     
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    Londoner Will always roll up her sleeves and dig around

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    I hated history at school but couldn't get enough of the novels of Jean Plaidy. Perhaps a little dated today but still get reissued from time to time.
     
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    gillyflower Always caring about others

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    How about Barbara Erskine? They are a little spooky too! (but not too much):)
     
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    Just remembered another one - Longbourn by Jo Baker.
    It's Pride & Prejudice from the point of view of the servants.
    Quite engrossing.
     
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    Thanks very much ladies, much appreciated. Library trip on the cards me thinks.:)
     
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    Bernard Cornwell writes some goog historical novels, especially those of the Saxon and Dane times are great.
     
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    Thanks very much Derek.
     
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    The Book Thief by Markus Zusak.
    Not so much a "historical" novel, it's set in WW2 Germany.
    The first book that has had me in real tears since I was a child.
    The first (and only) book that has made me write a "Thank You" to the author (and he replied!).

    (I've not seen the film. I don't want to. It would ruin my interpretation)

    Jane
     
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    Thanks very much Jane. Sounds interesting.
     

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