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Conn Iggulden

About The Author

Conn Iggulden was born in London and worked as a teacher for seven years before turning full-time to writing.

He published The Gates of Rome, the first of five books in his Emperor series in 2004. Wolf of the Plains, the first in his five-book Conqueror sequence, featuring Genghis Khan and his descendants, was released in 2007.

He co-wrote The Dangerous Book for Boys with his brother Hal; it was voted British Book of the Year at the 2006 Galaxy British Book Awards. He has also written two books for the Quick Reads series and two collections of stories of children.

 

 

 

 

His new book is Ravenspur, the next iinstalment in his Wars of the Roses series, chronicling the events of the English Civil War.

England, 1470. A kingdom divided against itself cannot stand. The Yorkist king Edward IV is driven out of England, his wife and children forced to seek sanctuary from the House of Lancaster. Yet rage and humiliation prick Edward back to greatness. He lands at Ravenspur, with a half-drowned army and his brother Richard at his side. Though every hand is against them, though every city gate is shut, they have come home. The brothers York will not go quietly into banishment. Instead, they choose to attack. Yet neither Edward nor Richard realize that the true enemy of York has yet to reveal himself. Far away, Henry Tudor has become a man. He is the Red Dragon - 'the man of destiny' who seeks to end the Wars of the Roses. His claim will carry him to Bosworth Field. There will be silence and the mourning of queens. There will be self-sacrifice and terrible betrayals. Two royal princes will be put to death. There will be an ending -- and a new royal house will stand over them all.

A lover of historical fiction since childhood, Conn shares his favourite historical fiction, including Patrick O'Brian's swashbucking Aubrey Maturin adventures, Philippa Gregory's page-turners and the epic scope of Ken Follett.

 

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When the Lion Feeds
(Paperback)
Wilbur Smith
 
Courtney series: to date, thirteen wonderful novels, stretching from the eighteenth century to the twentieth. The series follows individuals of the Courtney family over a dozen generations. The first one written was When the Lion Feeds, though Monsoon is set further back and could be considered a prequel. These are books from a master storyteller, each one very different, but written by a man who understands tension, drama and history. After reading the first three or four, I found it fascinating that I knew more about a character’s parents and grandparents than they did. These books were a great influence on me, when it came to writing Genghis – and those who came after him.
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Mr Midshipman Hornblower
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C. S. Forester
 
As an author, I suppose it’s not too odd to consider how certain books and series influenced me, though I read some of them many years ago, when my own books were still being sent back by publishers and agents everywhere. All the books on this list are first-and-foremost, highly enjoyable fiction. I read a couple of Forester’s Napoleonic era books in the tiny bunk of a tall-ship sailing the Pacific. I could not have asked for a better setting, with creaking wood all around and sore hands from hauling ropes on watch. In addition though, I think Hornblower himself is one of the finest characters ever created. Self-conscious, plagued by doubts and his own hardest judge, he is completely unable to forgive himself his faults. As a result, Forester gave me a glimpse of how complex and absorbing a written character can be.
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Master and Commander
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Patrick O'Brian
 
From Master and Commander, twenty novels and one unfinished one: this is a series that repays the time spent reading it. These novels develop at a slower pace than some of the others on this list. Indeed, there are some books in the series, where very little happens at all, which you’d think would be the kiss-of-death to naval adventure. The reason they work though – whether it is a violent sea-battle, or peaceful scenes of food and music on the ship – are the characters of Captain Aubrey and Stephen Maturin. Those two men are so well-realised, so ‘alive’ and interesting, that I was happy just to know how their lives went, whether good or ill. The period is beautifully researched, though I’m sure over twenty books there will be pedants who can find a mistake or two. The combination of sailing, war and history works incredibly well in O’Brian’s hands.
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Wolf Hall
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Hilary Mantel
Mantel’s work is characterised by incredible attention to detail – a period and characters made real. She has the ability to take an historical event which we know must have taken place – such as a conversation – and then creating that conversation so well, it’s easy to believe we are reading a verbatim account. Her research is impeccable and of course, she has elevated the genre of historical fiction to a higher art-form by winning the Booker prize twice. Wolf Hall in particular is a masterwork.
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Sharpe's Tiger: The Siege of...
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Bernard Cornwell
 
This prolific author, still going strong, needs little introduction from me. His Sharpe books are a joy, a character so interesting that the reader might not care if an entire book was set in a barracks, as long as Sharpe was there. As with James Clavell’s Tai-Pan, these books showed me what worked in setting up a story and the people in it. I can also recommend his Arthurian series, beginning with the wonderful Winter King.
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Gentleman Captain
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J. D. Davies
 
Looking at this list, it seems I have more than a passing interest in naval fiction. This series of four books (so far) is set during the Restoration, just after Cromwell, with Charles II on the throne. The navy depicted is nothing like the Napoleonic era of Hornblower and Jack Aubrey, with an entirely different set of problems and for that matter, enemies. As with all the best historical fiction, it tells a story well, with an engaging central character in Matthew Quinton, all the while enjoyably informing the reader about a period of history. I hope the series will go on for a dozen more titles at least.
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Flashman (The Flashman Papers, Book 1)
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George MacDonald Fraser
 
I think I read the first of these when I was about fourteen, reading the rest over the next decade or so. Compiling this list has made me concentrate on the elements that go to make up really good, memorable historical fiction. The absolute best of the genre – and ladies and gentlemen, this is that rare bird – combines a riotous adventure with a well-crafted period setting and most importantly of all, an unforgettable character. Flashman is the last, without a doubt: a Victorian coward, a rogue, a womaniser. Fraser’s genius is to have the reader wanting such an awful man to triumph against the odds, despite all his vices.
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The Other Boleyn Girl
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Philippa Gregory
 
I like Philippa Gregory, very much. She and I got drunk in Ireland once, which is a good place to get drunk. I also once received an enormous, rambling email of poetry, hundreds and hundreds of lines of it. It was written by a Finn, so much of it was quite dark and depressing. In something of a daze, I read it through to the very end, where he mentioned that he’d sent it all first to Philippa Gregory - and she’d recommended me as someone who would truly appreciate it. The woman is wicked, you know, but by God, she can write. Gregory knows how to tell a story – she’s the classic example of page-turning writers, who keep their poor readers up to four in the morning just to see what happens next. When she weaves fiction into the history, it works incredibly well. Read one and you’ll read them all, but begin with The Other Boleyn Girl.
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Available Titles By This Author

Ravenspur
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Conn Iggulden
 
 
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Wars of the Roses: Trinity
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Conn Iggulden
 
 
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Emperor: The Blood of Gods (Emperor...
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Conn Iggulden
 
 
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Quantum of Tweed: The Man with the...
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Conn Iggulden
 
 
£4.99
 
Conqueror (Conqueror, Book 5)
(Paperback)
Conn Iggulden
 
 
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Bones of the Hills (Conqueror, Book 3)
(Paperback)
Conn Iggulden
 
 
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Lords of the Bow (Conqueror, Book 2)
(Paperback)
Conn Iggulden
 
 
£8.99
 
Wolf of the Plains (Conqueror, Book 1)
(Paperback)
Conn Iggulden
 
 
£8.99
 
The Dangerous Book for Boys
(Hardback)
Conn Iggulden; Hal Iggulden
 
£20.00
 
Empire of Silver (Conqueror, Book 4)
(Paperback)
Conn Iggulden
 
 
£8.99
 
The Death of Kings (Emperor Series,...
(Paperback)
Conn Iggulden
 
 
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The Gates of Rome (Emperor Series,...
(Paperback)
Conn Iggulden
 
 
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Blackwater
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Conn Iggulden
 
 
£4.99
 

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TOLLINS II: DYNAMITE TALES
(Paperback)
Conn Iggulden; Lizzy Duncan
 
 
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