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Historical fiction is one of my favourite genres but I haven’t been reading too much of it lately and I feel the pain of separation!!!! So, in order to heal the wounds in my heart, I have made a wishlist of the genre and have acquired a few and am yet to acquire some others.
1. True History Of The Kelly Gang : This one won the 2001 booker prize and is about the Kelly gang (as is obvious from the title). In True History of the Kelly Gang, the legendary Ned Kelly speaks for himself, scribbling his narrative on errant scraps of paper in semiliterate but magically descriptive prose as he flees from the police. To his pursuers, Kelly is nothing but a monstrous criminal, a thief and a murderer. To his own people, the lowly class of ordinary Australians, the bushranger is a hero, defying the authority of the English to direct their lives. Indentured by his bootlegger mother to a famous horse thief (who was also her lover), Ned saw his first prison cell at 15 and by the age of 26 had become the most wanted man in the wild colony of Victoria, taking over whole towns and defying the law until he was finally captured and hanged. Here is a classic outlaw tale, made alive by the skill of a great novelist. Continue reading
- Author : Sarah Schmidt
- Publisher : Atlantic
- Genre : True Crime, Literary Fiction
- Source : Netgalley
- Rating : 4/5 Stars
- Expected Release Date : 1st August, 2017
- Author : Michelle Birkby
- Publisher : Pan Macmillan
- Genre : Historical Fiction, Mystery
- Source : Publisher
- Rating : 3/5 Stars
- Author : Alice Perrin
- Publisher : Speaking Tiger Books
- Genre : Historical Fiction
- Source : Publisher
- Rating : 3.5 Stars
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AUTHOR : Vayu Naidu
PUBLISHER : Speaking Tiger
GENRE : Historical fFction
SOURCE : Purchased copy
RATING : 3/5 stars
I’m assuming this has a lot of American references that only super intelligent or perceptive people will get….or americans will get. As for me I don’t understand why this was said to be a “beautiful and haunting tale”.
The Peshwa is another story about the brave and skilled Peshwa, Bajirao. He is said to have been praised as one of the greatest cavalry generals India has produced by an English General and while he is known for his expansion of the Maratha reign to the north, he is even more known for his love affair with the famous (or infamous) Masthani. Continue reading
You must al have seen or watched or at the very least heard of Bajirao Masthani. If you aren’t Indian or living in India, it is a film starring the magnificently moustached Ranveer Singh and the magical Deepika Padukone (can you tell I’m a fan?). It is based on a Marathi novel (Rau by N.S.Inamdar) that took that literary world by storm and had people weeping into their pillowcases at night.
Recently, it was translated into English by Vikranth Pande and published by PanMacmillan. I’d heard it was going to come out but wasn’t sure if I wanted to buy it because, you know, reading a book after watching the movie isn’t going to be as wonderful an experience as it would be otherwise. I was so wrong.
Fay Wong is a woman caught between worlds. Her father is a Chinese immigrant who conjured a fortune out of nothing; her mother, of African heritage, grew up on a plantation and now reigns over their mansion on Lady Musgrave Road, sipping Earl Grey tea in the Kingston afternoons.
But the Chinatown haunts where her father spends his time are out of bounds to Fay, and the rooms of Lady Musgrave Road are filled with her mother’s long-kept secrets and uncontrollable rages-rages against which Fay rebels as she grows from a girl into a headstrong woman.
As she tries to escape the restraints of her privileged upbringing, striving for independence in a homeland that is trying to do the same, Fay’s eyes are opened to a Jamaica she was never meant to see. She encounters gangsters and revolutionaries, priests and prostitutes, and witnesses great sacrifices and betrayals. But when her mother decides that she must marry the racketeer Yang Pao, she finds herself on a journey that leads to sacrifices and betrayals of her own. In Show Me A Mountain, Kerry Young creates a vivid portrait of a woman and a country struggling to fashion a future unburdened by the past.