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C J Sansom

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GrandmaH Wed 03-Apr-13 16:19:34

Thankyou to all of you who mentioned this author on this forum!
I was intrigued & saw a book by him in the library- Winter in Madrid.
I could not put it down once I got into it & enjoyed it so much. I am now trying to order his Shardlake series. Does it matter if you read them out of sequence?? I am so glad I found this author if Winter in Madrid is anything to go by.

Grannyeggs Wed 03-Apr-13 16:29:45

The Shardlake novels are even better. It 's ok to read them out of context, my husband did and still made sense of them.

MiceElf Wed 03-Apr-13 16:36:10

They are wonderful, I agree. But if you can, read them in sequence as the way Shardlake's view of the reformation and his perception of some of the main players of the period, change and develop over the series, will be lost, if you don't. And also, reading in sequence gives a brilliant insight into his disability and how it, in some ways, forms his character.

And yes, Winter in Madrid is superb.

JessM Wed 03-Apr-13 16:39:15

I agree, read them in sequence if you can.
And I enjoyed the last one of the series the least as it seemed a little contrived to me, to fit in with an historical event.
The most recent one is about an alternative world in which Uk did not go to war with the nazi's. Dominion. also a good one.

numberplease Wed 03-Apr-13 17:10:45

I think they should be read in sequence as well. I haven`t read anything else by him, did wonder about trying Winter in Madrid, maybe I will. In an interview he said he thought that there would only be one more Shardlake story, due to the passage of time in the books, but that was a while ago, and I`m still waiting!

gracesmum Wed 03-Apr-13 17:44:39

Isn't Sansom himself ill with leukaemia or similar? he may be finding that he can't turn out books at the same rate and be preparing us to face disappointment at some stage in the future.sad

numberplease Wed 03-Apr-13 18:05:24

If that`s true, then I`m sorry to hear it, I didn`t know.

j08 Wed 03-Apr-13 18:07:32

I will be very sorry if that's right. sad

MiceElf Wed 03-Apr-13 18:25:27

He refers to it in the epilogue to his latest book, Dominion set in the days after WWII when Hitler has won the war.

j08 Wed 03-Apr-13 18:27:40

That is so sad. sad

MrsJamJam Wed 03-Apr-13 19:50:13

I have loved all his books, especially the shardlake series. to anyone who hasn't discovered them, you are in for a treat. Dominion is totally different, and on reading his afterword I was really made to think. Do hope he recovers to enjoy life and maybe write more books if he wants to.

JessM Wed 03-Apr-13 20:17:13

The afterword (and the book of course) should be read by all those eligible to vote in the forthcoming Scottish referendum I think, don't you?

MrsJamJam Thu 04-Apr-13 17:15:56

Yes, definitely!

Deedaa Thu 04-Apr-13 21:00:30

I picked up the first two Shardlake books when I was desperate for something to read while my OH was in hospital. I was hooked by the end of the first chapter and read straight through the lot. Not only are they such a good read themselves, but I've also been encouraged to read a lot more about the Tudor period to fill in the background.