Best Historical Fiction 2018 — Goodreads Choice Awards
The Top 10 Historical Fiction Authors
Readers recently chose their favorite 10 historical fiction authors. Who are they, and what makes them stand out? A survey of more than readers revealed the top 10 historical fiction authors. Who are these writers? What makes their craft stand out? What sets them apart? For the most part, they base their stories in long ago periods, writing about well-known historical figures either in a central or significant role.
She possessed a stunning beauty. She also possessed a stunning mind. Could the world handle both? Her beauty almost certainly saved her from the rising Nazi party and led to marriage with an Austrian arms dealer. She devised a plan to flee in disguise from their castle, and the whirlwind escape landed her in Hollywood. She became Hedy Lamarr, screen star.
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50 Essential Historical Fiction Novels
The best historical fiction authors are able to combine fictional characters with real settings and events in a way that makes it all feel visceral and current. With countless amazing writers working in this genre, we went with the following criteria for our list:. Here are our picks for 50 of the best historical fiction authors writing today, in alphabetical order. Jean M. Auel is an American writer best known for her novels about people living in prehistoric eras. Sebastian Barry is an Irish playwright and novelist. Marie Benedict is an American author of historical fiction.
Whether or not you consider yourself a fan of historical fiction , you've heard the names Hilary Mantel , Eleanor Catton , Anthony Doerr and Kristin Hannah repeatedly over recent years. No longer dismissed as bodice-rippers rife with anachronisms or dreary textbooks dressed up in barely discernible plots, historical fiction is gaining the respect of critics and readers alike, regularly appearing on shortlists for major literary awards and on bestseller lists around the world. Generally speaking, historical fiction is any story that is set in a time period in the past, but depending on who you ask, the criteria can be more - or less - stringent than that. The Walter Scott Prize , created in to recognize excellence in UK, Irish, and Commonwealth historical fiction, limits the definition to events that take place at least 60 years before publication, during a historical period with which the author has no personal experience. Regardless of how long ago an historical novel takes place, accuracy and authenticity of the historical setting are absolutely essential. But that doesn't just apply to the physical setting; the worldview of the characters, their values, mores, and general sensibilities must accurately reflect their era. Truly great historical fiction has the ability to portray those sensibilities in a way that can do more than just provide a glimpse into the past - it can also provide insight into contemporary situations and ways of being.