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10 Best: Leo Tolstoy
  • War and Peace by Leo Tolstoy
    Tolstoy’s 1869 novel - often described as the greatest ever - chronicles the effects of the Napoleonic wars on five aristocratic Russian families. Deploying the technique of literary realism that he helped develop, Tolstoy magnificently evokes the sense of an entire social world. The narrative moves seamlessly between characters and scenes, now describing the inanities of a Moscow drawing room, now charting, in harrowing detail, the chaos of war. Tolstoy’s aim was to use the techniques of fiction to get at the “truth” of history

    10 Best: Hilary MantelPhotograph: Hulton/Getty Images

  • Wolf Hall by Hilary Mantel
    The 2009 Booker winner is the first in a series of novels (the second, Bring Up the Bodies, has just been published) presenting the life of Tudor statesman Thomas Cromwell. With remarkable immediacy, Mantel inhabits the restless, brilliant, ambitious mind of her subject, so that we see the events of Tudor history - notably Henry VIII’s divorce from Catherine of Aragon - unfold through his eyes. Mantel’s Cromwell emerges as a force for progress at a time when, arguably, a recognisably modern British identity was established

    Photograph: Murdo Macleod

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Source: www.theguardian.com
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