Category Archives: Historical Fiction

The Long Song

I’ve recommended Andrea Levy’s novel Small Island many times since I’ve read it, and I’ve wanted to read more of her books but (as usual) never got around to it. Her death back in February put her back on my radar, … Continue reading

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Kristin Lavransdatter 3: The Cross

The final book in Sigrid Undset’s Kristin Lavransdatter trilogy (translated by Tiina Nunnally) finds Kristin, Erland, and their sons back at Kristin’s childhood home of Jørundgård, thanks to Erland’s political machinations detailed in The Wife. They no longer have the wealth and influence … Continue reading

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Kristin Lavransdatter 2: The Wife

The second volume in Sigrid Undset’s Kristin Lavransdatter trilogy, translated from Norwegian by Tiina Nunnally finds Kristin newly married and pregnant, learning to adjust to her new home at Husaby. Although she finally has the marriage she longed for for … Continue reading

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Kristin Lavransdatter 1: The Wreath

Sigrid Undset’s trio of novels set in 14th-century Norway tells the story of a young woman named Kristin, daughter of the prosperous farmer, Lavrans (hence the name Lavaransdatter). The first novel, The Wreath, translated by Tina Nunnally, was published in … Continue reading

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The Doctor’s Wife

Ever since Kae was a little girl, she was fascinated by the Hanaoka family, especially Otsugi, a beautiful woman who married into the family. So Kae was delighted when Otsugi approached her family to ask if Kae would marry her … Continue reading

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Warlight

In post-War London, Nathaniel and his sister Rachel have been left behind by parents who decided, for reasons they don’t make clear, to go to Singapore for a year. Although the plan was for the two to go to boarding … Continue reading

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Washington Black

George Washington Black was a field slave in Barbados when, at age 11, he is pulled away from everyone he knows to become the assistant to Christopher Wilde, brother of his master, Erasmus. Christopher (known as “Titch”) treats Wash not … Continue reading

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21: The Final Unfinished Voyage of Jack Aubrey

I noted in my review of Blue at the Mizzen that the book felt like a transition to a new era, rather than the conclusion it ended up being when Patrick O’Brian died. At his death, he’d written almost three chapters … Continue reading

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Kate Atkinson is one of my favorite living writers. I’ve read all her books, so any new book from her is a cause to celebrate. Especially exciting is the fact that Atkinson doesn’t just stick to one thing in her … Continue reading

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Blue at the Mizzen

Well, friends, this is it. The last completed book from Patrick O’Brian’s Aubrey/Maturin series. I plan to take a look at the unfinished final volume in the next few months, but my understanding is that it’s not much more than … Continue reading

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