Saturday, 29 June 2013
On the Verge
I have recently discovered historical fiction. I never thought I would enjoy this genre (apart from Thomas Hardy's Tess of the D'urberville's, oh and The Grape's of Wrath by John Steinbeck), until I read 'the Apothecary's Daughter' by Charlotte Betts. Set in London in the 17th Century, I was transported to the time of the plague and the Great Fire of London. I could almost smell the stench of the plague pit and of London burning. A wonderful page turner of a book that I didn't want to end. The author read Samuel Pepys diary which allowed her a peep into restoration London and an understanding of life at that time. I must now seek out Pepys diary to read myself.
As of 1st July I am going to be extra busy so I may not get around to commenting on blogs so much but I will still be reading them as and when I can. In the meantime, can you recommend some good historical fiction for me to 'get my teeth' into?