Aux armes – citoyens!

Richard Lee

The excellent Drum’s Book Club has picked Dickens’ poignant French Revolution historical novel A Tale of Two Cities as this month’s book choice. The book is also featured as one of the titles for World Book Night on 23rd April. And, for HNS members, there is a nicely discounted AudioGo download available (the unabridged text, 14 and a half hours, read by Martin Jarvis).

Book Drum is an enthusiast’s site that allows readers to bookmark and profile guides to their favourite books. Where are the places mentioned? What did they look like then? Who are the obscure characters, the historical figures and costume, what are the anecdotes referred to in the text? Book Drum’s ‘bookmarks’ aim to answer all these questions and more, page by page, so that readers can revisit their favourite books and find an extra level of interest.

The bookmarks for A Tale of Two Cities are already part filled out, and already worth a look, but can we help complete them? You just need to register on the site to be able to contribute.

While you are there you might take a look at Book Drum’s companions to these other historical novels:

The Pleasures of Men, by Kate Williams; Prophecy by S.J.Parris, Perfume by Patrick Suskind, Any Human Heart by William Boyd, Charlotte Gray by Sebastian Faulks, Tipping the Velvet by Sarah Waters, Imperium by Robert Harris, Remains of the Day by Kazuo Ishiguro, Captain Corelli’s Mandolin by Louis de Bernieres – and many others. See a bigger list here.

Or maybe – even better – we should start profiling more historical fiction for them. There are some tremendous novels not yet on the Book Drum list. Any suggestions?

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