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  1. BOOK REVIEW: Bury Your Dead by Louise Penny Kate Forsyth 16-Nov-2018
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A fairy-tale infused historical novel for adults set in the late 18 th century, moving between Imperial China and France during the ‘Terror’ of the French Revolution, and inspired by the true story of a quest for a blood-red rose.

The novel will draw upon ‘The Blue Rose,’ a fairy tale set in China about a quest for an impossible rose.

Favourite Writers - Adult

Historical Fiction


  • Susanna Clarke – Johnathan Strange and Mr Norrell
  • Alison Croggon – The GiftThe RiddleThe CrowThe Singing
  • David Eddings – Pawn of Prophecy; Queen of Sorcery etc
  • Raymond Feist – Magician; Silverthorn
  • Pamela Freeman – Blood TiesDark Water; Full Circle
  • Neil Gaiman – Stardust
  • Alison Goodman – EonEona
  • Lian Hearn – Across the Nightingale Floor; Grass for his Pillow; Heaven's Net is Wide
  • Robin Hobbs – Assassin's Apprentice; Assassin's Quest
  • Celine Kiernan – The Poison ThroneThe Crowded ShadowsThe Rebel Prince
  • Robert Jordan – The Eye of the World; The Great Hunt
  • Margo Lanagan – Tender Morsels
  • C.S. Lewis – Till We Have Faces
  • Fiona McIntosh – Myrren's Gift; Blood and Memory
  • Robin McKinley – Beauty; Rose Daughter; Deerskin
  • Garth Nix – Sabriel, Lirael, Abhorsen
  • J.R.R Tolkien – The Lord of the Rings; The Hobbit
  • Tad Williams – The Dragonbone Chair; Stone of Farewell
  • Sarah Zettel – A Sorcerer's Treason; Camelot's HonourCamelot's Blood
  • Marion Zimmer Bradley – The Mists of Avalon

Mystery & Crime


  • Jane Austen – Persuasion; Sense and Sensibility; Pride and Prejudice
  • Charlotte Bronte – Jane Eyre
  • Emily Bronte – Wuthering Heights
  • E.M. Forster – A Room With A View; Howards End; Where Angels Fear to Tread
  • Harper Lee – To Kill A Mockingbird
  • Mary Webb – Precious Bane
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