Goodreads very helpfully tots up the pages - and I managed 16,927 apparently - with the shortest book being a short story collection by Jill Rutherford and the longest being Ovid’s Metamorphoses. Right off I must disclose that I didn’t read every single page of the Ovid - just those stories relevant as background to the book I was writing at the time (The Green Ribbons) - but I think it’s fair to count it as a completed read in the light of all the miserable hours I spent on this in the original for O Level Latin!
Here are my highlights. (Part 2 to follow)
I decided to read as many Historical novels as I could - as while I write in that genre, I had not read much Historical Fiction since my schooldays. I have always tended towards Literary Fiction and as a result felt out of touch with what my fellow HF writers were doing. I found most of these really enjoyable reads - several in preparation for or inspired by the Historical Novel Society Oxford conference in Spetember 2016, for which I was honoured to be on the organising committee.
Inspired by a recent Facebook post from Matt Haig in which he rightly decries the snobbery of book classification by genre, I am going to mix up the books and not classify them – which is exactly how I read them - starting with one of Matt's.
This one is an interesting and moving tale of runaway slaves, Quakers and quilters. I really enjoyed it.
Loved, loved, loved it and plan to read more by this Canadian writer.
This is a novel you inhabit. Roz is exceptionally skilled at world-builiding and writes beautifully. Highly recommended.
Clare Flynn is the author of four historical novels. Her latest, The Green Ribbons, is available from Amazon or can be ordered from your local bookstore.
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