Tuesday, October 04, 2005

Current read: AD 500

Finally, I'm getting into my To-Be-Read pile. Not having a book to review for the Historical Novel Society, I can take my pick of the tottering heap. Just started on Simon Young's AD500, which is not historical fiction, and not quite non-fiction either. It takes the form of a Byzantine guidebook for travellers to the Dark Isles of Britain and Ireland in the 6th century. So far, I can detect some of the sources the author has consulted. The book's an interesting idea, but there's a little touch of the clever-clever about it, which I'm not sure about.

I note that the author is due to publish AD400 which seems to be a bit more on the fiction side. Apparently it's a history of the Aureli family in Britannia ...

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