Dean King is known for his impeccably researched nonfiction books, such as 2004's Skeletons on the Zahara: A True Story of Survival. His latest work, Unbound, tackles the "Long March," the Red Army's 4,000-mile walk in 1934. King focuses on the 30 women who took part in the journey, and for research, he traveled the length of the Long March himself and talked to survivors.
Have you seen any good book trailers today?
We're running a roundup of historical fiction titles in the April edition of BookPage. The plots move from Renaissance Italy to 16th-century England, and feature "struggling artists and merciless monarchs, dysfunctional families and doubt-wracked lovers," writes contributor Julie Hale.
Two of the four books in the roundup come out this week: Daughters of the Witching Hill by Mary Sharratt (out tomorrow) and Claude & Camille: A Novel of Monet by Stephanie Cowell (out today). And, lucky for us, there are book trailers of each book to compliment our reviews.
Daughters of the Witching Hill takes place in Lancashire, England, in 1612, as two women are targeted in a witch hunt. Hale raves: "Striking just the right balance between the demands of fact and the allure of a good story, [Sharratt] has produced a novel that’s both convincing and compelling. . . literally—a spellbinding book." In the trailer below, Sharratt tells the true story of the witches of Pendle Hill.
Claude & Camille: A Novel of Monet tells the story of Monet and his wife and inspiration, Camille Doncieux. In her review, Hale writes that Cowell fleshes out "the artist’s biographical outline with fresh imagery, well-paced dramatic scenes and carefully calculated dialogue." Look at some of Monet's gorgeous paintings in this trailer:
Have you seen any memorable book trailers lately? Do you have a great historical fiction title to recommend?
A historical murder mystery. . . a widow (framed?) put under house arrest. . . political scandal. . . a looming Civil War. . . sexual intrigue. . .
Does that sound like your cup of tea? If so, 31 Bond Street may be just what you're looking for (and it's on sale today!). Based on a real-life murder—and the frenzied media coverage that followed—Ellen Horan's debut novel seeks to answer the question: Who killed Dr. Harvey Burdell?
The trailer features foreboding music and details of the case:
Also don't miss this behind-the-book essay for BookPage, in which Horan describes her chance encounter with the case—and how the "process of writing unraveled slowly, much like an archeological dig."
Will you read 31 Bond Street? Seen any good book trailers today?
Dawn of the Dreadfuls, the prequel to Pride and Prejudice and Zombies, the best-selling mashup from Quirk Books, hit shelves today. Author Steve Hockensmith has written a hilarious behind-the-book essay for BookPage, in which he confesses to his life-long dream of writing a "prequel to a best-selling book about English girls who kill zombies with kung-fu." (Okay, maybe it wasn't a life-long dream.)
This is one of the more elaborately staged book trailers I've seen, complete with blood spewing zombies and fight scenes in the English countryside. What would Jane Austen think? What do you think?
And since zombies aren't for everyone, I also want to share the trailer for Peter Bognanni's punk-rock-fueled debut novel The House of Tomorrow, which went on sale a couple weeks ago. As the trailer shows, the book's about music... it's about a geodesic dome... it's about growing up... it's about Iowa... it's about sex! Check it out—and don't miss Sarah E. White's review of the novel.