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Historical Fiction Book Group: Idea for January / February

From: Justin
Sent on: Thursday, October 20, 2011 7:00 PM

Hi everyone

Look forward to seeing everyone who's coming to our meetup on Monday evening to discuss "The Golden Mean".

We also already have the following meetup scheduled to discuss "Memoirs of Hadrian" on 5 December.

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But I now want to turn our attention to the first couple of meetups next year.

I suggested an approach at our last meetup and it seemed to find favour...

For those who weren't there, I suggested that for January we read a non-fiction biography about a historical figure, and then in February we follow that up with a novel about the same person.

That way, we will be able to examine how the writer moves from the fact to the fiction - and should give our discussion that little extra layer of analysis.

So, seeing as everyone liked this idea, please send me your suggestions for this.

It can be about any historical figure, ancient or recent, provided you can find a suitable biography and novel on the person. The trick will be to find two books that are both in print, not too long (max. 450 pages or so) and widely available.

So please send me any suggestions with the name of the person in question, and a biography and a novel about him or her.

Once I have four or five good such suggestions, I'll put a poll for us to choose which two books we're going to read in January and February.

Many thanks in advance!

Justin

PS. You can see all our scheduled and past meetups on our homepage.

http://www.meetup.com/London-Historical-Fiction-Book-Group/

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