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    (Original post by Norton1)
    I don't think so. When I read it there was something really weird about the writing I just couldn't put my finger on. You don't happen to know what that was do you?
    I got so confused in like, the second chapter and gave up:/
    For me it was because, instead of saying 'Bob did this' the author wrote it so that it was 'he did this' so when 'he' was in a conversation with another man, they were both 'he' so i had no idea who was doing what... if that makes any sense?

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    As other people on here have said would really recommend The Bronze Horseman or The Siege if you're interested in Communist Russia.
    I really enjoyed The Russian Concubine by Kate Furnivall, really interesting story set in China and Russia
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    I love Eva Ibbotson's books. The Secret Countess and A Song for Summer are both set in the 20th century. Also The Magic Flute.

    Helen Dunmore's The Seige is a really good read too.

    For something a little more adult, you can try Sebastian Faulks' Charlotte Gray if you don't fancy Birdsong, or you can read them both!

    One of my all time favourites is Wild Swans by Jung Chang. It pretty much covers the whole of the twentieth century in China through the eyes of three generations of women. Quite a big read, but definitely worth it.
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    (Original post by cesca42)
    I love Eva Ibbotson's books. The Secret Countess and A Song for Summer are both set in the 20th century. Also The Magic Flute.

    Helen Dunmore's The Seige is a really good read too.

    For something a little more adult, you can try Sebastian Faulks' Charlotte Gray if you don't fancy Birdsong, or you can read them both!

    One of my all time favourites is Wild Swans by Jung Chang. It pretty much covers the whole of the twentieth century in China through the eyes of three generations of women. Quite a big read, but definitely worth it.
    I love Eva Ibbotson too
    Did you watch Birdsong on TV? I watched the first part with my parents *cringe*
    And if you like china stuff have you read the Chinese Cinderella?
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    (Original post by geology.is.gneiss)
    I love Eva Ibbotson too
    Did you watch Birdsong on TV? I watched the first part with my parents *cringe*
    And if you like china stuff have you read the Chinese Cinderella?
    She writes such amazing books, I've been reading them since I was really young and I still love them.
    Noo, I didn't watch it unfortunately, probably because the only option was watching it with parents!
    I haven't actually, although everyone tells me I should. Are you going to tell me the same? :P
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    Ken Follet is pretty good.
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    The Saxon Stories by Bernard Cornwell.
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    The Foreshadowing by Marcus Sedgwick is quite nice. And if you're interested in mid-1800s historical war novels, definitely check out The Street Philosopher by Matthew Plampin
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    Memoirs of a Geisha
    Catch 22
    Empress Orchid
    A Place of Greater Safety
    Homage to Catalonia
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    Although probably a bit further back in time compared to what you were hoping to read - I would recommend Walter Scott. He is a famous historical novelist (and thought to be one of the first) who was a bit of an afficionado. I've only read one of his books (Ivanhoe, probably the most well known) but that seemed to be quite good...

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