Top Ten Tuesday: Books From My Favourite Genre

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Top Ten Tuesday is a weekly meme created by The Broke and the Bookish and now hosted by Jana at That Artsy Reader Girl.

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  • Each Tuesday, Jana assigns a new topic. Create your own Top Ten list that fits that topic – putting your unique spin on it if you want.
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WalterScottPrizeThis week’s topic is Books From My Favourite Genre. Regular followers of this blog will have no problem guessing my favourite genre – historical fiction.  The Walter Scott Prize for Historical Fiction is an annual prize whose aim is to celebrate the best in historical fiction.  My list is made up of some favourite books that have featured on the shortlist or longlist for the prize in recent years.

Click on the book title to view my review (or the description on Goodreads).


Days Without End by Sebastian Barry (winner)

The Good People by Hannah Kent

A Country Road, A Tree by Jo Baker


Miss Boston and Miss Hargreaves by Rachel Malik

The Wardrobe Mistress by Patrick McGrath

The Gallows Pole by Benjamin Myers (winner)

Prussian Blue by Philip Kerr

Mothering Sunday by Graham Swift

2019 (winner announced on 15th June)

The Long Take by Robin Robertson – haunting and atmospheric, full review to follow

Warlight by Michael Ondaatje –  intriguing and mysterious, full review to follow

14 thoughts on “Top Ten Tuesday: Books From My Favourite Genre

      1. I’m interested in reading your review of Warlight! The writing was great….the story wasn’t engaging me …..even though I appreciate character driven stories, I also need to see a theme or purpose emerging!


    1. Although I haven’t read all the books on this year’s shortlist yet (hmm, running out of time) for an outside bet I’d tip The Long Take to win. That’s partly because the judges went last year for The Gallows Pole which had a very distinctive narrative style and The Long Take has as well. I listened to the audio book version narrated by Kerry Shale who I think did a brilliant job.

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  1. I like historical fiction, too. Definitely need to bookmark this page and check out these books. 🙂

    My TTT.


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