Sunday, May 27, 2012

The Guardian Picks the 10 Best Historical Novels, but What is a Historical Novel

The Guardian has posted a list of The 10 Best Historical Novels. You can check out the list here. The comments are a lot of fun, too. I browsed through some of them before making up this post.

What are your thoughts on the list?

I originally heard about this on Books on the Nightstand where they discuss that age old question: What makes a novel historical. You can listen to the podcast here.

What do you think makes a novel historical?


  1. Couple of books I would like to get my hands on. Thank you for the link.

  2. Hmmm. 1 out of 10. I wonder what the Cleo or Woman's Day equivalent would brand me. A wanna be literary?

  3. Interesting list. My list would be very different.
    (never finished WOlf Hall)

  4. I read none of these books and know only two by author and title.

  5. Tolstoy definately belongs on the list. Most of the others I haven't read. . . Yet. I respect the Guardian enough to want to read them.