For Historical Inspiration: Flashman, by George Macdonald FraserRead about the other entries on the list.
Time to Read: Four hours.
Historical fiction is often lengthy by nature because of the detail required to set the scene. That’s what makes Flashman the ideal four-hour read. Macdonald never once takes his subject too seriously while displaying a sharp eye for accuracy and a real feel for his 19th century setting. If you think “historical fiction” sounds stuffy, you’ll be surprised how quickly those hours fly by.
Flashman is among John Mullan's ten best trips to Canterbury in literature.