More desperate than romantic

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  1. Creative Non Fiction sounds much better than the awful Faction that some people use.

    From my recent reading of the genre, Dava Sobel’s books work for me but I found Peter Ackroyd’s “The Lambs of London” and Kate Summerscale’s “The Suspicions of Mr Whicher” irritating for different reasons: the first because he used real characters but made silly changes to the known facts and the second because she packed in too much fact, sometimes repeating information several times.

    “The Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Pie Society” is probably not quite in this genre but the fictional characters revealing something of the real experience of the occupation of the Channel Islands was hugely popular. Then there followed Libby Cone’s “War on the Margins” which has a very real factual foundation, made more accessible to the non-historian by the interest in the fictional characters. That too has proved to be a popular book.

    Sorry for the long comment. If I’m typical of your target audience, I hope it is helpful.


    1. Very useful indeed!
      Guernsey LPPPS is the only one I know. I think all good fiction should illuminate period or place as well as character. Recently read ‘The Great Lover’ by Jill Dawson about Rupert Brook. If anything I felt the story sufffered from too much reliance on historical sources. Hoping I have found a ‘real’ story that needs little or no no fictional embellishment – just lots of research! I imagine it as a ‘drama documentary’ – if that makes sense.


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