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1,126 books · 1,529 voters · list created October 16th, 2009 by Beadyjan (votes) .
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message 1: by Bettie (new)

Bettie If you want to include the whole of Ireland then the term UK doesn't cover it.


message 2: by Beadyjan (new)

Beadyjan Bettie wrote: "If you want to include the whole of Ireland then the term UK doesn't cover it."

Thanks for pointing that out, I guess I should have said the UK and the whole of Ireland.

How fab to see so many great books added to this little list I started.


message 3: by Bettie (last edited Oct 21, 2009 02:40AM) (new)

Bettie Beadyjan wrote: "Bettie wrote: "If you want to include the whole of Ireland then the term UK doesn't cover it."

Thanks for pointing that out, I guess I should have said the UK and the whole of Ireland.

How f..."


Hello there Beadyjan - the term British Isles covers all and everything. And, you are right - it's an all encompassing subject for a list. I had to stop myself at 75 to leave room for the 'musts' later on.

:O)


message 4: by Tamarin (new)

Tamarin Dowling Yay!
I have just found out that I have a passion for this genre & can't wait to start reading.
Thanks for the list! :)


message 5: by Norain (new)

Norain What part of The Thirteenth Tale is historical fiction, if I may ask?


Susanna - Censored by GoodReads Brideshead Revisited is historical fiction?!?


message 7: by Bettie (new)

Bettie Susanna wrote: "Brideshead Revisited is historical fiction?!?"

Brideshead Revisionisted ?

;OP


message 8: by L. (Thou Art An Artless Greasy Tallow-Catch) (last edited Dec 31, 2011 03:44PM) (new)

L.  (Thou Art An Artless Greasy Tallow-Catch) What is Snow Flower and the Secret Fan doing on this list? It all took place in China. And Jurassic Park???


Susanna - Censored by GoodReads Removed Snow Flower and Jurassic Park.


message 10: by Elise (new)

Elise Isn't historical fiction something that was in the past for the author? While books such as Pride and Prejudice may be very much in the past now, they weren't for the author, so should they be on this list?


message 11: by Jemidar (last edited Oct 19, 2012 09:59AM) (new)

Jemidar This list needs a good clean up. There are quite a few that aren't historical fiction (not by anyone's definition) and a couple that aren't set in UK and Ireland or aren't fiction. Will post a list of problem books I spotted if anybody wants one.


Susanna - Censored by GoodReads That would be great, Jemidar; particularly if you could list whereabouts on the list you saw it (makes tracking down the suckers easier when removing).


Themis-Athena (Lioness at Large) Susanna wrote: "That would be great, Jemidar; particularly if you could list whereabouts on the list you saw it (makes tracking down the suckers easier when removing)."

Seconded ...


message 14: by Wanda (new)

Wanda #152 is a book which I do not believe to be historical fiction. Flavia is a fun-to-read modern (1950/1960) mystery series. I enjoy the series very much but do not believe it qualifies as h-f. If I am wrong, I apologize.


message 15: by Wanda (new)

Wanda Argh! There are too many others. I will wait for Jemidar's list.


message 16: by Jemidar (last edited Oct 20, 2012 02:42PM) (new)

Jemidar I'm still working on it. Between finding more than than I originally thought there were and the page taking ages to load it's pretty slow and tedious going. Coming soon though. Promise!


Susanna - Censored by GoodReads It's set sixty years ago - isn't that historical fiction?


Susanna - Censored by GoodReads Jemidar wrote: "I'm still working on it. Between finding more than than I originally thought there were and the page taking ages to load it's pretty slow and tedious going. Coming soon though. Promise!"

Yeah, the new green warts really speed things up.

Not.


Themis-Athena (Lioness at Large) Susanna wrote: "Yeah, the new green warts really speed things up.

Not."


Amen!! (Again.) Big annoyance, that.


message 20: by Wanda (new)

Wanda Susanna wrote: "It's set sixty years ago - isn't that historical fiction?"

Not for me. The term historical fiction is a subjective one. I would consider Flavia as more modern fiction/literature. H-F to me means more along the lines of Sharon Kay Penman and Dorothy Dunnett. So, the term will remain subjective. I won't argue or debate. I will just go.


Susanna - Censored by GoodReads Frankly, I have a lot more problem with Pride and Prejudice being in the top twenty.


message 22: by Lobstergirl (new)

Lobstergirl Deleted The Secret Garden and Pride and Prejudice, which are not historical fiction properly defined.


message 23: by Lobstergirl (new)

Lobstergirl Deleted The Little Stranger, same.


message 24: by Rehana (new)

Rehana number 440 .. Catch 22 .. does not belong.


message 25: by Lobstergirl (new)

Lobstergirl Deleted.


message 26: by Erin (last edited Apr 18, 2013 08:04AM) (new)

Erin Wives and Daughters #100 wouldn't be historical fiction. When it was published it was quite contemporary. Neither would be North and South #232 for the same reasons. Wuthering Heights #246 should also be removed.


message 27: by Themis-Athena (Lioness at Large) (last edited Apr 18, 2013 10:46AM) (new)

Themis-Athena (Lioness at Large) Deleted -- along with a minor boatload of other novels likewise not belonging into the historical fiction category because they were contemporary from their authors' POV (essentially, everybody's 19th century darlings ... Austen, the Brontes, Gaskell, Hardy and Trollope. Fortunately at least Dickens and George Eliot haven't made an appearance yet -- or if they have, I've missed them!)


Susanna - Censored by GoodReads Well, Tale of Two Cities would probably be OK (historical fiction even in Dickens' day), but yeah.


Themis-Athena (Lioness at Large) Susanna wrote: "Well, Tale of Two Cities would probably be OK (historical fiction even in Dickens' day)"

True. A Tale of Two Cities I'd have left ... but that's about the only one by Dickens I can think of that would qualify.


Susanna - Censored by GoodReads Barnaby Rudge is, I think, his only other historical novel.


Themis-Athena (Lioness at Large) Susanna wrote: "Barnaby Rudge is, I think, his only other historical novel."

Ah yes, of course, true again ... :)


Susanna - Censored by GoodReads Heh, I've been familiar with that one since I was a child - we had a dog named "Barnaby Rudge."


Themis-Athena (Lioness at Large) Was he anything like the character?


Susanna - Censored by GoodReads I have not read the novel (yet - I'm keeping some Dickens novels for my next insomnia bout), but the dog was sweet, stupid, and had a guilty conscience (he clicked his jaw when he wanted to confess, and would then lead us to the spot he wished to be chastised about).


Themis-Athena (Lioness at Large) That sounds very sweet (and naively innocent) indeed! Also very much like what my sister's dog Timmy would have done (who in turn was named for the dog in Enid Blyton's Famous Five series). And NOT at all what either of my cats would ever even have remotely considered doing (yours not either, I bet) ...


message 36: by Lobstergirl (new)

Lobstergirl Sounds like a Turgenev dog. I'm reading Turgenev right now and his stories are filled with dogs who are smiling, or angry, or "smiling uneasily," etc.


Themis-Athena (Lioness at Large) As long as they're not starting to talk, like Martha Grimes's ...


message 38: by Lobstergirl (new)

Lobstergirl No. There is actually one sketch where a poodle's owner is trying to teach it the ABC's, but the dog refuses to learn.


Susanna - Censored by GoodReads No, none of my cats have ever had a guilty conscience about anything!


message 40: by Donald (new)

Donald 413 - contemporary 'vampires' fighting crime in upstate New York . . .how on earth has it made the list?


Themis-Athena (Lioness at Large) Donald wrote: "413 - contemporary 'vampires' fighting crime in upstate New York . . .how on earth has it made the list?"

Which book are you referring to -- or did you delete the entry in question yourself already? As I'm looking at the list, none of the (several) books currently ranked #413 seem to match your description. What am I missing?


message 42: by Lobstergirl (new)

Lobstergirl I just deleted. It was Dark Lover. Also got one set in Texas.

Please do identify titles, though, along with a ranking - many books often share one ranking on a list.


message 43: by Donald (last edited Aug 22, 2013 12:05PM) (new)

Donald 424 - The Witches of Chiswick is really scifi/alternate history, not historical fiction
413 was JR Ward Dark Lover - somebody else must have removed it


message 44: by Donald (new)

Donald 403 Dark Prince - contemporary US vampires again
449 The Fate of Empire, 1776-2000 (A History of Britain, #3) - Pure History, not fiction
Also is the 1970s historical fiction? 424 Naked
418 The Punk Ethic - contemporary no idea if it's even set in UK


message 45: by Donald (new)

Donald 55 The Hound Of The Baskervilles? Victorian Detective written by Victorian author surely?


message 46: by Donald (new)

Donald 176 The Strange Case of Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde again written as contemporary to the author


message 47: by Donald (new)

Donald 212 I Claudius is set in Ancient Rome surely?
291 Dark Fever seems to be Urban Fantasy
245 Oliver Twist contemporary Dickens?


message 48: by Donald (new)

Donald 304 Domestic Life In England - non fiction


message 49: by Donald (new)

Donald 338 The Hippopotamus set in the 1990s!


message 50: by Donald (new)

Donald 316 Gestapo Marseille


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