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The 2017 Pulitzer Prize for Fiction has just been announced, and the winner is a historical novel: Colson Whitehead's powerful and fascinating work The Underground Railroad. See our review or the Pulitzer Prize website for more information.
If you're looking for an intense story about people struggling for physical and emotional survival against huge odds, it would be hard to beat a historical novel about characters caught up in the tragedy of the slave trade. Yaa Gyasi's novel Homegoing looks at this from two different angles: the…
Since I found Iain Pears' earlier mystery novel, An Instance of the Fingerpost to be thoroughly engaging, I've had another of his historical mysteries, Stone's Fall, on my "want to read" list for some time. It, too, proved gripping and fascinating. It's not quite fair to call either novel a…