Sunday, August 3, 2014

Daisy Goodwin's six favorite historical fiction books

Daisy Goodwin's new novel is The Fortune Hunter.

One of her six favorite historical fiction books, as shared at The Week magazine:
I, Claudius by Robert Graves

The first historical novel I remember reading and still one of the finest treatments of imperial Rome. Graves is very good on pre-Judeo-Christian morality, and the women are gloriously villainous. No one in Game of Thrones has anything on Livia or Messalina.
Read about the other entries on the list.

I, Claudius also appears on a list of the eleven best political books of all time, David Chase's six favorite books list, Andrew Miller's top ten list of historical novels, Mark Malloch-Brown's list of his six favorite novels of empire, Annabel Lyon's top ten list of books on the ancient world, Lindsey Davis' top ten list of Roman books, and John Mullan's lists of ten of the best emperors in literature and ten of the best poisonings in literature.

--Marshal Zeringue