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Hopefully this is the right place to ask as there were not many other threads in relation to this.


I really like history. I am going to read some non-fiction books (that can be interesting), but I have a feeling that Historical fictionbooks are more fun and gripping? More of a 'cant put it down' book collection as opposed to non-fiction (although I am most likely wrong). There are so many historical fiction books out there that look great (lots of reviews), such as 'Wars of the Roses' by Conn Iggulden, ones by Bernard Cornwell (more medieval). How does one find the great books to read, that are set in different eras? I have no knowledge of the good ones, so is there a list I can be recommended to read as I am new to this genre.


Thanks you,! :)



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Now that I come to think of it I have read two books that are classed as fiction because not everything in them is fact.  I'll explain.  This Thing of Darkness by Harry Thompson is classed as fiction because the author could not bear to write about what really happened to one of the men in the book.  The rest of it - people, places what happened - is absolutely true.  It's about Robert Fitzroy and Charles Darwin and their voyage on the Beagle and how Darwin came to formulate the Theory of Evolution.  The other one is Das Boot by Lothar Gunther Buchheim which is a true account of what happened on board a German u-boat during the second world war.  This is classed as fiction because the people written about did not exist but everything else was true.


I've read them both and they are very good indeed.


I wonder if those might interest you, Costa?

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It really depends what you love most...and how much fiction you want.


Umberto Eco, The Name of the Rose

historical murder mystery set in a 14th century Italian Monastery.


Hilary Mantell's Wolf Hall books are excellent if Henry viii is your thing, and other than Bernard Cornwell, most of what I read is much more historical fantasy....

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Thanks for the advice so far everyone. I forgot to mention, I would like to read historical war fiction haha. Anything thats really popular from a certain era e.g medieval, or civil mar, or ww1/2. Apologies if I am not making sense here, I guess I could just find some reviews online and buy them


Edit: Although ones you recommended do still sound interesting so thank you !

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Some ideas that come to mind


For world war 2

Borders by Roy Jacobsen with settings both on the western and eastern front deals with neue Deutsche conscripts to the German army from Belgium and Luxembourg, one of which pretending to be blind since Stalingrad.


The Mussolini canal by Antonio pennacchi, not entirely war novel but war does play a part in it. The family in the saga are Blackshirts and covers roughly a century of Italian history. I loved the narrative style.


For world war 1

The red collar by Jean Christophe rufin, in this the main character a ww1 hero is arrested after a memorial day event.


There is also "while the gods were sleeping" by Erwin Mortimer about a Belgian family who are caught on the French side of the franco-belge border when war breaks out.

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Norman Mailer - The Naked & The Dead

Michael Ondaatje - The English Patient

C J Sansom - Winter in Madrid

Robert Radcliffe - Under an English Heaven & Dambuster & Across the Blood Red Sky

Thomas Keneally - Schindler's Ark (list)

Vasily Grossman - Life and Fate

Leo Tolstoy - War & Peace

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