Wednesday, March 18, 2020

Ten great works of historical fiction for Hilary Mantel fans

At Lit Hub, Emily Temple tagged ten great historical novels that pick up on the themes or forms of Mantel’s Wolf Hall trilogy in some way, including:
David Mitchell, The Thousand Autumns of Jacob de Zoet

Another book to pick up if you love gorgeous prose and being dunked into an immersive narrative in a far flung land (and time). I remember reading this one, which begins in a Dutch trading post in 1799 Nagasaki and is packed to the gills both with detail and with emotion, on the sidewalk on my way to work when it first came out, unable to pause even to look where I was going. Also one of our favorite novels of the decade.
Read about the other entries on the list.

The Thousand Autumns of Jacob de Zoet is among Lloyd Shepherd's top ten weird histories.

--Marshal Zeringue