Sounds excellent, EC- I will hunt it downI am now reading John Saturnall's Feast by Lawrence Norfolk - literary but very readable indeed. I am loving it
Currently reading Hall of Sparrows, by Beth Carsley Jones. Published in 1989, it's one of those novels which have become lost in the mists of time, but is a surprisingly good read. It's set during the Viking invasion of England in the reign of King Alfred of Wessex (Bernard Cornwell territory) and focuses on the difficult relationship between a Viking warrior and the Mercian noblewoman he captures and marries. It's not a conventional historical romance by any means, though. All the characters are well drawn and believable, and it's a realistic and vivid picture of life and conflict in a turbulent, violent period, much more historical adventure than the p/b blurb would lead you to believe. The h/b blurb is much more true to type. Don't be put off by the dismal cover, decorated by a misguided artist with a Viking warrior wearing a horned helmet - groan!
Edited to say that I've just spotted the p/b cover on GR and it is even worse- very classic HR, which doesn't give a true impression of this book at all. There was hint at the end that Hall of Sparrows might have a sequel, but if it was originally iintended it obviously never happened - pity. I found a postwhich suggests Beth Carsley Jones might be a pseudonym for Elizabeth Walker- anyone know?