So, Amanda and I decided that we would try and read something from the Stella Prize long list. The shortlist will be released on the 10 of March and we wanted to write a post about it. Neither of us are too into ‘award-winning’ books because we like to read what we’re in the mood for and not necessarily what is ‘popular’, but there were some really interesting titles so we were pretty determined this time.
However, I may have gotten a little side-tracked by a book I picked up a few days ago called Shadow on the Crown by Patricia Bracewell. It is so captivating, and now I feel bad because I’m not sure I will be able to read a Stella Prize title before the shortlist is announced and Amanda has read two!
To be honest, I’ve already read a book about Emma of Normandy called The Forever Queen by Helen Hollick and I loved it. I kept it for years actually, even though it got dusty and I’m allergic to dust! I definitely read it multiple times. So I did have doubts about picking up another book on the same subject, but I was pleasantly surprised.
Shadow on the Crown has real depth. I’m not so into historical fiction that brushes over the detail and focuses on the romance so I was really glad that the detail and historical content was so well presented. You can tell she has definitely done her research and it pays off because it makes the characters real.
So, sorry Amanda, but I really need to finish this book so the Stella long list is all on you. I promise I will read one eventually!