Today I am super happy to be part of the blog tour for a new historical fiction book published by Monsoon Books.
The Red Thread by Dawn Farnham is the first book in The Straits Quartet series and is a brilliant Asian Historical Fiction read.
Today I have the author herself sharing some of her favourite historical fiction books….
Set against the backdrop of 1830s Singapore where piracy, crime, triads, and tigers are commonplace, this historical romance follows the struggle of two lovers Zhen, a Chinese coolie and triad member, and Charlotte, an 18-year-old Scots woman and sister of Singapores Head of Police. Two cultures bound together by the invisible threads of fate yet separated by cultural diversity.
Favourite 8 Historical Fiction Books
My novels are set in Asia so instead of going through all the usual and more recent suspects (a la Mantel), I would like to offer your readers and bloggers a few perhaps lesser known or older ones set in East and Southeast Asia.
The Good Earth by Pearl S. Buck
Perhaps she is somewhat forgotten now but that doesn’t mean she isn’t a great read. It won the Pulitzer in 1932. She won the Nobel in 1938. All her books set in China are worth re-finding.
The Quiet American by Graham Greene
He’s a marvellous writer. Not strictly historical but he tells the story of foreign meddling in Vietnam and its consequences better than any history book.
Red Sorghum by Mo Yan
A splendid writer, also winner of the Nobel prize.
Shogun by James Clavell
Flawed and probably historical nonsense (so the Japanese say) but he tells a good tale.
Waiting and War Trash by Ha Jin
I love almost everything by him.
Roshomon by Ryunosuke Akutagawa
Classic Japanese tale transformed into many movies.
Lord Jim by Joseph Conrad
Conrad set many stories in Southeast Asia where he spent a long time as a sailing man. Beautiful writing and compelling stories.
You can buy a copy of The Red Thread here
The Red Thread is going to be FREE on Amazon from 17th – 25th September
Or why not add the book to your Goodreads here
About Dawn Farnham
Dawn Farnham is the author of The Straits Quartet (The Red Thread, The Shallow Seas, The Hills of Singapore and The English Concubine), as well as numerous short stories, plays and children’s books. A former long-term resident of Singapore, Dawn now calls Perth, Australia, home. Her new book, Finding Maria is published in October 2017. Learn more about Dawn at www.dawnfarnham.com.
You can also follow Dawn on twitter – @farnhamauthor
Or on Facebook here
You can catch up or follow the rest of this fab blog tour at the following stops
A huge big thank you to Faye Rogers for asking me to be part of this fab blog tour and to host this fab piece and to Dawn for writing it.
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