Wednesday, July 31, 2019

Five of the best historical novels

The King’s Evil is the third novel in acclaimed author Andrew Taylor's Marwood-and-Lovett series set in the aftermath of the Great Fire, which began with The Ashes of London.

Taylor has won many awards, including the CWA John Creasey New Blood Dagger, an Edgar Scroll from the Mystery Writers of America, the CWA Ellis Peters Historical Award (the only author to win it three times) and the CWA’s prestigious Diamond Dagger, awarded for sustained excellence in crime writing.

He lives with his wife Caroline in the Forest of Dean.

At the Waterstones blog Taylor tagged five favorite historical novels, including:
The Beginning of Spring by Penelope Fitzgerald

Fitzgerald, another Booker Prize-winner, turned increasingly toward historical fiction in her later books. This short and deceptively simple novel is set in Moscow, in 1913. It concerns a widowed printer, English but Russian born, and his relationship with his children’s nanny. Miraculously, it also captures a city unknowingly poised on the brink of war and revolution.
Read about another entry on the list.

--Marshal Zeringue