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Hello from Devon, England

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Interest in HF: I find history fascinating and enjoy learning about a period through stories.
I also write, but have read and understood the policies and don't plan on getting myself booted out for spamming.
Favorite HF book: I can't say I have a favourite
Preferred HF: Ancient and prehistory, different cultures, but really everything.
I like historical accuracy, although I don't mind a bit of fantasy overlaid.
Location: Devon, England

Hello from Devon, England

Postby KingdonWard » Tue October 23rd, 2018, 1:31 pm

Hi there, I can't claim to be an avid reader, although I do read both for pleasure and for research.
I'm interested in all periods of history, but I have particular interest in prehistory and antiquity; neolithic, iron-age, classical, etc. Also quite interested in non-western cultures and history's forgotten 'losers'.
Books I have enjoyed include the Chronicles of Ancient Darkness series, Masters of Rome series, and Caroline Lawrence Roman Mysteries. Oh yes, I do enjoy a children's book now and again. Hope nobody will condemn me for that. ;)

I also like several less well-known authors who I have met on my own journey, in particular there's a trilogy on the Trojan Wars which is excellent by a writer called Ben Blake, and I love the Ruso series by Ruth Downie of whom, hopefully, some of you have heard.

I live in Devon where I write, and publish other writers, but I promise not to bend your ears about that side of things.
I hope to catch the occasional tip on what readers want from books, and other writers' tips on effective ways to promote.

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Currently reading: Christmas Lights by Karen Swan & The Christmas Card Crime and other stories
Preferred HF: Plantagenets, Victorian, crime
Location: Essex/London

Re: Hello from Devon, England

Postby Madeleine » Wed October 31st, 2018, 10:43 am

Hi and welcome to the board, good luck with the writing!
Currently reading "Christmas Lights" by Karen Swan & "The Christmas Card Crime and Other Stories"

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Interest in HF: I can't answer this in 100 characters. Sorry.
Favorite HF book: Checkmate, the final novel in the Lymond series
Preferred HF: Literary novels. Late medieval and Renaissance.
Location: Catskill, New York, USA

Re: Hello from Devon, England

Postby Margaret » Fri November 16th, 2018, 3:12 am

Hello, and welcome!

I, too, thoroughly enjoy Ruth Downie's Ruso series.

In the non-western cultures category, have you read The Jewel Trader of Pegu by Jeffrey Hantover? Very unusual setting! A 16th-century Jewish jewel trader in what is now Burma. It's a really interesting exploration of how strange different cultures can seem to each other, while also being strangely freeing, and yet how much the same human nature is underneath all the accretions of culture and custom. Here's my review
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