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Post by Juliette_Syon » Mon March 12th, 2012, 8:39 pm

Hello to all lovers of historical fiction. I'm Juliette and I have been addicted to all things Victorian since primary school.

I'm currently re-reading my way through all the 19th century classics I first enjoyed as a teenager (focusing on Dickens this year in honour of the bicentenary) and I also enjoy the many modern takes on the Victorians by the likes of Michel Faber, Sarah Waters etc. I have my eye on The Pleasures of Men, not sure if anyone here has read it?

Anyway, unsurprisingly I'm also trying my hand at writing historical fiction. As part of my quest, I've just started a blog which will be devoted to all things 19th century. I'm very excited about this although, as I make explicit in my first post, I'm an enthusiast rather than an expert. I hope I will learn a great deal from the process.

Your book log is a fantastic idea, by the way. I'm going to count myself in.

Oh, here is the blog if anyone is interested: http://ohthosevictorians.wordpress.com/

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Post by Misfit » Mon March 12th, 2012, 8:50 pm

Hi Juliette, glad you found us. Divia here is a big Victorian fan if I recall correctly.
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Post by sweetpotatoboy » Mon March 12th, 2012, 8:51 pm

Welcome to the forum, Juliette. Glad you found us.

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Currently reading: The Farm at the Edge of the World by Sarah Vaughan
Interest in HF: The first historical novel I read was Katherine by Anya Seton and this sparked off my interest in this genre.
Favourite HF book: Gone with the Wind by Margaret Mitchell!
Preferred HF: Any
Location: North Yorkshire, UK

Post by Vanessa » Mon March 12th, 2012, 10:29 pm

Welcome, Juliette! I hope you enjoy it here.
currently reading: My Books on Goodreads

Books are mirrors, you only see in them what you already have inside you ~ The Shadow of the Wind

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Interest in HF: started in childhood with the classics, which, IMHO are HF even if they were contemporary when written.
Favourite HF book: Prince of Foxes, by Samuel Shellabarger
Preferred HF: Currently prefer 1600 and earlier, but I'll read anything that keeps me turning the page.
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Post by MLE (Emily Cotton) » Tue March 13th, 2012, 12:04 am

Hi Juliette, and welcome! My fave 19th century setting books are MM Kaye's HF trio. Probably because my favorite 19th century writer is Rudyard Kipling. :)

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Post by boswellbaxter » Tue March 13th, 2012, 1:46 am

Welcome! What's your favorite Dickens novel? I enjoyed looking at your blog.
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Post by Juliette_Syon » Tue March 13th, 2012, 8:17 am

Hello, all, and many thanks for the lovely messages of welcome :) .

I keep meaning to have a look at MM Kaye - it's on my list!

Susan, I think my all-time favourite Dickens would have to be A Tale of Two Cities, since it ties in with another obsession, the French Revolution.

I recently became very caught up with The Mystery of Edwin Drood after the BBC aired a new drama with an ending devised by the writer Gwyneth Hughes - it was truly excellent. Made me re-read the story for clues :D . I believe it airs in the US on PBS next month and I highly recommend it.

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Post by parthianbow » Tue March 13th, 2012, 9:47 am

Hi Juliette, and a warm welcome to HFO. You'll find much here of interest!
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Spartacus - UK release 19 Jan. 2012. US release June 2012.

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Currently reading: "Murder on the Moorland" by Helen Cox
Preferred HF: Plantagenets, Victorian, crime, dual time-frame
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Post by Madeleine » Tue March 13th, 2012, 10:01 am

Hi Juliette and welcome, have fun here.
Currently reading "Murder on the Moorland" by Helen Cox

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Post by bevgray » Tue March 13th, 2012, 11:54 am

Hello Juliette, welcome!
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Army Brat and Lover of Historical Fiction
Guests are always welcome at my Web Site

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