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Historical Novels

A young gladiator shall rise again

Gladiator: Fight for Freedom Simon Scarrow Published by Puffin Books ISBN 978 0 141 33363 2

Monday, 27 June, 2011, 12:00am

Pearl of China

Pearl of China by Anchee Min Bloomsbury HK$104

1 May 2011 - 12:00am

Lords of the Bow

Lords of the Bow

by Conn Iggulden

HarperCollins, HK$247

He was the man who united nomadic tribes into one of the largest empires the world has seen. Genghis Khan: a name and legend that struck fear into the Chinese and the rest of Asia for generations.

9 Mar 2008 - 12:00am

The Pesthouse

The Pesthouse

by Jim Crace

Picador, HK$132

9 Mar 2008 - 12:00am

The Power of Paper

The Power of Paper

by Christopher Ondaatje

HarperCollins, HK$329

His younger brother Michael may be better known (for novels such as The English Patient) but Christopher Ondaatje has written nine books, several of them best-sellers.

3 Feb 2008 - 12:00am

Blockbuster man

I meet Ken Follett at London's Soho Hotel to discuss World Without End, the long-awaited sequel to The Pillars of the Earth, and find the novelist in a sharp pin-striped suit and vivid pink scarf.

16 Dec 2007 - 12:00am

The Observations

The Observations

by Jane Harris

Penguin, HK$112

2 Sep 2007 - 12:00am

Ripping yarn

He didn't plan to be a poster boy for those who say children nowadays are mollycoddled and discouraged from having good, old-fashioned fun. But Con Iggulden, author of The Dangerous Book for Boys, isn't complaining.

5 Aug 2007 - 12:00am

The Last Empress

The Last Empress

by Anchee Min

Bloomsbury, HK$176

22 Jul 2007 - 12:00am

The Pesthouse

The Pesthouse

by Jim Crace

Picador, HK$176

25 Mar 2007 - 12:00am

A novel exposure of penned-up racism

When Edgar Laurence Doctorow was a Bronx high-school student in the 1940s, he wrote a profile of an eccentric Carnegie Hall doorman, Carl, for a non-fiction writing assignment.

7 May 2006 - 12:00am

Tender gloom

ONE PERK OF winning the Booker prize (besides the adulation, sharply increased sales and GBP50,000) is a trip to the Man Hong Kong International Literary Festival. The 2003 winner, Alan Hollinghurst, visited last year. John Banville, who won in 2005, recently attended the sixth annual gathering.

9 Apr 2006 - 12:00am

The Night Watch

The Night Watch

by Sarah Waters

Virago, $246

5 Mar 2006 - 12:00am

The Vesuvius Club

The Vesuvius Club

by Mark Gatiss

Simon & Schuster $218

It's been a while since we had a decent Edwardian thriller. Since about 1915, in fact.

26 Dec 2004 - 12:00am

League of his own

I WAIT IN the foyer of London's Cactus Studios as a publicist runs to wake up Mark Gatiss. The cult comedian is asleep in his dressing room prior to appearing on British breakfast television programme.

'He's been doing the rounds since Sunday and he's completely exhausted,' the publicist whispers.

26 Dec 2004 - 12:00am

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