Historical Fiction Deserves a Future

The Conversation, May 28, 2014
Written by Kate Forsyth

Historical fiction is booming.

The much-publicised success of Hannah Kent’s Burial Rites, Eleanor Catton’s The Luminaries and Hilary Mantel’s Wolf Hall is just the tip of the iceberg for a genre that rivals any other in contemporary publishing.

As an author of some 30 books – of which only one is set in contemporary times – this pleases me, but also makes me question why readers opt away from contemporary novels to those focused on the past. In my own case, the reasons are clear.

I have always loved books set long, long ago and far, far away.

Kate Forsyth
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