‘Bitter Greens’ by Kate Forsyth. A richly detailed retelling of the Rapunzel fairy tale, weaving together the lives of three different women from the court of Louis XIV in Versailles to Renaissance Venice, this historical fiction is filled with dark magic and evocative descriptions. For lovers of fairy tales and historical fiction.
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A rare first-hand account of daily life for North Korea’s most fortunate young adults. Slipping incognito into the regime quickly renders Kim, a hardened western journalist, despondent. This is a vital and ultimately heartbreaking read.
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Neil Gamian’s retelling of the dark and violent world of the Norse gods – the ultimate dysfunctional family. Norse Mythology trims down the complicated mess of stories that makes up the Norse lore into a very readable digest that covers the main story lines without having to read across many different authors and retells them in Gaiman’s grim and witty style. 5/5 stars.
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Peter Tremayne is a historian who writes mysteries set in mid-seventh century Ireland. His central character is Sister Fidelma who is both a religieuse & advocate of the law courts. The books give intriguing detail of life in Ireland at that time.
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The popular Outlander series has also been made into an award winning TV show. It follows Claire who falls through ancient stones in 1960’s Scotland and ends up in 1743. It is a highly enjoyable series with something for everyone.
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Charles Todd is a mother and son writing team with 2 main series set during and after WWI. My favourite is the one about Bess Crawford which employs all the elements of a satisfying mystery, with an absorbing plot and a charismatic heroine.
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Matthew Bartholomew is a physician in medieval Cambridge when the Bubonic plague strikes. In addition he must investigate some mysterious murders. An absorbing mystery with great attention to historical detail.
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