Who's Who in Women's Historical Fiction (Paperback)
Women's historical fiction covers the works of Jane Austen, the Brontës, Margaret Mitchell, Catherine Cookson and Georgette Heyer, amongst others. These are the stories with the big characters and Kathy Martin has compiled them in an A-Z, recalling the likes of Mr Darcy, Lord Demerel and Rhett Butler. As well as the women who loved them, their friends, family, enemies, servants and others who cross the pages of these epic and captivating books. The book starts with a series of essays on the genre, outlining just what made them so memorable and highlighting key authors before detailing the characters in an impressive A-Z. A must-buy book for everyone who loves women's historical novels.
It's interesting to see how the various stages of the 'women's state' have threaded through fiction over the yearsShields Gazette
It's a brilliant idea, full of witty character sketches and acidic asides...The Lady
As in all the best lit crit, it sends you back to the original books
You can have some great fun diving into this book to see if your favourite heroine appears in Kathy Martin’s survey, and hopefully she is, and you won’t get too disappointed.Books Monthly
A must-have for the bookshelf lovers of historical fiction, this book is well – researched and packed full of information and facts. It covers the works of many must-read women authors of historical fiction and is well illustrated with photographs, drawing and lots of book covers. The characters are presented in an A-Z format, complete with their romantic interests, friends, family and servants. Dip into this book time and time again, immense yourself in the characters you know well and find lots of new ones along the way.Historical Novel Society/ The Lady
A quick browse will have you searching the bookshelves for well-loved novels and inspire you to try new titles. A excellent book, so make sure you put it on your wish list this year
From Fanny Price to Rhett Butler, from Lady Isabel Vane to the men and women who inhabit Elizabeth Jane Howard’s Cazalet Chronicle, historical fiction has given us some of the most memorable heroes, heroines and villains in English literature. Who’s Who is Women’s Historical Fiction by Kathy Martin is a comprehensive A-Z guide, which also includes a series of chapters discussing the popular genre.This England March 2013
This is a work aimed at the popular market; for anyone who enjoys reading novels set in historical periods. The use of icons to categorize the character of a person is an indication of this. The reader hopes that “this book will introduce readers to the titles they’ve never previously encountered or considered reading.”Reference Reviews
Overall, a book worth having for public and college libraries.
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A Visitor's Guide to Jane Austen's England (Paperback)
Immerse yourself in the vanished world inhabited by Austen's contemporaries. Packed with detail, and anecdotes, this is an intimate exploration of how the middle and upper classes lived from 1775, the year of Austen's birth, to the coronation of George IV in 1820. Sue Wilkes skilfully conjures up all aspects of daily life within the period, drawing on contemporary diaries, illustrations, letters, novels, travel literature and archives. • Were all unmarried affluent men really 'in want of a wife?' • Where would a young lady seek adventures? • Would 'taking the waters' at Bath and other spas…By Sue Wilkes
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