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Subject: Top Ten of the Decade in Historical Fiction
Date Posted: 12/24/2009 8:57 AM ET
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It's time again for Top of the Decade lists! 

I haven't spent enough time in the genre to make a list but it would be fun to see what our more experienced readers think.

Anyone want to put in their two cents?

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Date Posted: 12/24/2009 12:00 PM ET
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I haven't even been reading HF for a decade, so I'll not throw in my $.02, but I will watch this thread as I'm interested to see what the long-time HFers think!  (And no doubt to add many books to my wishlist!)

Date Posted: 12/24/2009 2:15 PM ET
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I've only been reading HF for three or four years as well. I'm afraid many of my top ten would be books written in another decade. Does that disqualify them?

Date Posted: 12/24/2009 2:31 PM ET
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For the sake of flexibility, it can be optional.  The Top Ten HFs you've read during this decade (regardless of publication year)  OR the Top Ten HFs you read that were published in this decade.

Date Posted: 12/24/2009 3:15 PM ET
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OK, I'll start because, ya know, I've been reading HF for many decades. (:

  1. As Meat Loves Salt by Maria McCann
  2. The Religion by Tim Willocks
  3. Outlander by Diana Gabaldon
  4. Sunne in Splendour by Sharon Kay Penman
  5. An Instance of the Fingerpost by Iain Pears
  6. Dragonfly in Amber by Diana Gabaldon
  7. Lords of the White Castle by Elizabeth Chadwick
  8. Rebecca by Daphne du Maurier
  9. The Last Kingdom by Bernard Cornwell
  10. Aztec by Gary Jennings
Date Posted: 12/24/2009 4:17 PM ET
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Perfect. Top ten (in no particular order) I've read in this decade, but not necessarily published in this decade.

  1. Gone With The Wind
  2. The Far Pavilions
  3. The Sunne in Splendour (or perhaps the Welsh trilogy)
  4. The Count of Monte Cristo
  5. Zemindar Valerie Fitgerald
  6. The Lymond Chronicles Dorothy Dunnett
  7. Forever Amber Kathleen Winsor
  8. A Place Beyond Courage Elizabeth Chadwick
  9. Legacy Susan Kay
  10. The King's General Dapne Du Maurier (Mary Anne a very close second).

Argh! I have no place for Anya Seton. What's a girl to do?

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Date Posted: 12/24/2009 5:14 PM ET
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1, Sunne In Splendor  Sharon Penman

2. Here Be Dragons  Sharon Penman

3. While Christ and His Saints Slept  Sharon Penman

4. Time and Chance  Sharon Penman

5 Traitors Wife  Susan Higgenbotham

6 Outlander  Diana Gabaldon

7 A Time Of Singing  Elizabeth Chadwick

8 A Place Beyond Courage   Elizabeth Chadwick

9  Autobiography of Henny VIII By His Fool Will Summers   Margaret George

10 Kathrine   Anya Seton

Sorry Bernard Cornwell.. Had it been 15 you would have made my list.

Date Posted: 12/29/2009 9:16 AM ET
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As another HF addict for many decades, here's my off-the-top-of-my head list, subject to revision....in no particular order

1.    The Good Earth

2.    Shogun/Tai Pan

3.    Gone With the Wind

4.    Hawaii

5.    The Painted Veil

6.   As Meat Loves Salt

7.   Outlander, et al

8.    Sunne in Splendor

9.    Pillars of the Earth/World W/O End

10.    Wuthering Heights


Really close runners up:


Time & Again


Shadow of the Wind

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