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Here are the details on the two books:
Margaret George: The Memoirs of Cleopatra: A Novel
Once again, George's years of research result in an extremely
detailed historical novel; following The Autobiography of Henry VIII
(1986) and Mary Queen of Scotland and the Isles (1992), the author
now moves from sixteenth-century Europe to ancient North Africa to
bring another legendary historical figure to contemporary
understanding. Nimble despite its girth, the novel follows in first-
person narrative every triumph and failure the famous queen of Egypt
enjoyed and endured during her tumultuous life. This was, of course,
a time when Egypt was at the mercy of more powerful neighbors;
Cleopatra states the obvious when she says that "it seemed our fate
was inextricably entwined with that of Rome." The other two major
players on her stage were, as most readers know, Julius Caesar and
Marc Antony; and those two figures spring to life along with the
queen herself in these many but fast-flowing pages. For historical
fiction readers who want to totally lose themselves, this accurate re-
creation of a vastly interesting time and place will not disappoint.
(The publicity push is considerable and miniseries rights already
have been sold.) Brad Hooper
Allan Massie: Augustus
The first in an acclaimed series of historical novels--including
Tiberius and Caesar --reconstructs the lost memoirs of Augustus,
recounting the life of the founder of the Roman Empire in his own
frank, forceful style.
The book presents the emperor's life through a series of documents,
giving us views such as those of Marcus Agrippa, Cicero, and Antony,
including Julia's diaries from Pandateria.
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