The writer who conquered historical fiction

I love Jackie French‘s historical writing. She has such a great eye for detail, for capturing the minutaie that lends her stories their authenticity.

Her latest book is set in Ancient Egypt, long before the building of the pyramids. It’s a great adventure story which isn’t slowed down in the slightest by the huge amount of historical fact that she’s worked into the backdrop. It takes real skill to make history come alive like this and with each new book, Jackie French does it better. Pharaoh, the boy who conquered the Nile has been shortlisted for the CBCA Older Readers Award but it doesn’t need a prize to confirm that it’s a really great read.

Kirsty is an Australian author of books for children and young adults.

“Every adult was once a child and the child inside them never completely disappears.”

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