Reading Club

I assume you're here at this website because you like my books. Good. And that also means you might like the books I enjoy reading, and that all of us might enjoy the books that you read, so this is simply a place where we can exchange news of books - any books - not just historical novels. Tell us if you've read something wonderful and entertaining, and we'll post your recommendations and reviews here. And, please, let us know what you think of these recommendations!

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UTHER

Written by: Jack Whyte

Published by: St. Martin's Press

Submitted By: Mike

For those who need an Arthurian fix and seeing as Bernard will write no more on the subject, I suggest this book. This is the first of Whyte’s books that I have read and it was very good. Not quite…

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THE SPANISH ULCER

Written by: David Gates

Published by: Da Capo Press

Submitted By: Alistair Griffith

The Spanish Ulcer – A History of the Peninsular War is one of the best brief and balanced accounts of the war in the Iberian Peninsula between 1808 and 1814. Lots of good background material besides being a really interesting…

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HERE BE DRAGONS

Written by: Sharon K Penman

Published by: Penguin Books

Submitted By: barrie maxson

Nothing to do with dragons; the story of 13th century Wales and Llewellyn’s conflict with England’s King Edward. “Here Be dragons” was written on the maps of Wales of that time, to indicate that it was an unexplored wilderness. Penman…

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DARK THICKET

Written by: Elmer Kelton

Published by: Texas Christian University Press

Submitted By: Richard Mock

This was an extremely enjoyable book. It is set in 1865 Texas during the end of the American Civil War. A young soilder comes home to find that his home town is run by crooked ” home guards” that are…

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HEAVEN TREE TRILOGY

Written by: Edith Pargeter

Published by: Time Warner Paperbacks

Submitted By: Dave

In my opinion and most other fans of Mrs. Pargeter agree that Heaven Tree Trilogy is her finest work. An outstanding historical fiction that takes place beginning in the early 1200’s in western Wales. The first book “Heaven Tree”(1960) introduces…

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RAMAGE

Written by: Dudley Pope

Published by: House of Stratus Ltd.

Submitted By: John Webb

I’m fairly sure that most of BC’s fans will enjoy the Ramage series of books. Set broadly around the peninsular war period, these seafaring adventures (all eighteen of them) are easier to read than Patrick O’Brien’s sea stories, but do…

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WHERE RIGHT AND GLORY LEAD

Written by: Donald.E.Graves

Published by: Robin Brass Studio

Submitted By: Geraint

This is a brilliant account of the bloody and rather forgotten battle of Lundys Lane. This was as much a near run thing as Waterloo and truly a soldiers battle with the bloody confused fighting that raged through the night….

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WELLINGTON IN THE PENINSULA

Written by: Jac Weller

Published by: Greenhill Books

Submitted By: Roger T. Kennedy

For all Sharpe fans who have enjoyed the series this is the book which Mr. Cornwell used for much of his research on the campaign. Although an old book, and considered rather pro-British, its descriptions of the battles are right…

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CATO'S WAR

Written by: Guy Wheeler

Published by: Chatto and Windus

Submitted By: Rob DeWolfe

This is a great historical adventure novel. Set in the American War of Independence it is from the British point of view, which is too rare. The hero of the story is Col. Cato late of the North British Dragoons….

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FIRST LIGHT

Written by: Geoffrey Wellum

Published by: Viking Press

Submitted By: Bernard

An enchanting, wonderful book – tells the true story of a schoolboy turned Spitfire pilot in the Battle of Britain.

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