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Subject: Philippa Gregory fans
Date Posted: 11/29/2008 11:52 AM ET
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I was never a fan of historical fiction, but I've been really enjoying Philippa Gregory's books (The Other Boleyn Girl etc.) after a girlfriend recommended her. Now I want to broaden my book horizons. Are there any other historical fiction authors that you guys have read with a style similar to hers? Thanks!

Date Posted: 11/29/2008 12:45 PM ET
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Amber, you should join us in the Historical Fiction forum.  Everyone there is friendly and helpful.  Soon your TBR pile will be a mountain.  What time period are you interested in?  Jean Plaidy is a good one; she writes about all different time periods.  Sandra Gulland wrote a trilogy about Josephine Bonaparte that I enjoyed.  The Hidden Diary of Marie Antoinette by Carolly Erickson is pretty good.  Come join us in the HF formum.

Date Posted: 12/2/2008 3:16 PM ET
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I loved the Outlander series by Diana Gabaldon, about a time-traveler heroine. One summer I read the first book and by the end of the summer I had finished the whole series. They are that good!  Set in Scotland.

I also liked very much the pre-historical series by Jean M. Auel called the Earth's Children that starts with The Clan of the Cave Bear. Very different and entertaining and I was most impressed with the research that went into narrating such a distant story. FAscinating!

I also loved a book called The Red Tent by Anita Diamant. A biblical story of a young girl in old testament times. Beautifully written.


Date Posted: 12/3/2008 1:42 AM ET
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I've read two of Philippa Gregory's books, and I loved them! I just finished The Vanishing Point by Mary Sharratt, and it's pretty similar to Philippa Gregory's style. (Actually the back of Sharratt's book compared her to Gregory.) I really liked it.

Date Posted: 12/3/2008 9:49 PM ET
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Thanks for the suggestions!!! I'll have to pick those books up and join the forum!!

Date Posted: 12/5/2008 12:09 PM ET
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Hi Amber

I like Carolly Erickson and Alison Weirr, they write similar to Philippa Gregory.  I loved they Other Boyelyn Girl too!

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Date Posted: 12/12/2008 2:55 PM ET
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I recommend Elizabeth Chadwick.  Her books are keepers for me.  They are all set in the English medival period.  She's not extremely widely published in the U.S. so her books may be a bit hard to find.   Also, there is another author with the same name who is an American romance author so you have to be careful to get the correct Elizabeth Chadwick books.

Date Posted: 12/12/2008 2:57 PM ET
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I forgot to mention, Philippa Gregory writes contemporary fiction as well as histoprical, I just finished her book "Zelda's Cut" and it was great. 

Date Posted: 12/12/2008 4:59 PM ET
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Abundance by Sena Jeter Naslund about Marie Antoniette was excellent.  I also enjoyed the Sandra Guilland trilogy about Marie Antoniette as well.

Subject: Fan
Date Posted: 12/12/2008 5:49 PM ET
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I'm a big fan of historical fiction. I can reccomend her other books, and maybe try Ann Seton's "Katherine"