Question: What Other Authors Are Similar to Kenneth Roberts?

I confess, this post is not an informational post. I do not provide insight into a particular novel, or find some gem on the web of some unknown information on Kenneth Roberts. Rather, this is a question from me to you – fellow fans of Kenneth Roberts.

I am currently looking to find some new authors to read, but…I’m rather picky. I find that Kenneth Roberts’ style is right up my alley and find it difficult to find authors with a similar style.  I also find that my years in school have kept me out of the loop of good fiction.  So, here’s my question – what novels do you suggest I look into that are similar to Kenneth Roberts? (I also fiction with philosophical themes (e.g. Leo Tolstoy)).

So, feel free to leave a comment with some suggestions!


3 Responses

  1. if you are looking for accurate historical fiction, I can recommend a book I just read and blogged about, The Man Who Loved Dogs by Leonardo Padura. But if you are looking more for vast epics about American history, it’s hard to come up with another writer like Roberts. However Gore Vidal wrote some solidly researched books (e.g., Burr). And Thomas Berger’s Little Big Man also casts a humorous and accurate eye on our past. Good luck!

    • Excellent! Thank you! I actually randomly picked up a book titled “Trinity” by Leon Uris. I found it at Goodwill a few weeks ago. It’s actually very good; it’s a historical fiction of the Irish struggle with Britain in the 1800s. His writing style is similar to Roberts’, though how he structures the narrative is a little cumbersome. Excellent book, nonetheless. Thank you for your suggestion!

  2. Danny, Kenneth Roberts has always been linked in my mind with Thomas B. Costain. In fact, the two had some correspondence with one another, according to the Costain collection at the Univ. of Texas, Norman. Costain wrote historical adventures and commercial history in the same decades when Roberts was prominent in the genre, and like Roberts, it’s often hard to tell where Costain’s history ends and his fiction begins. “Below the Salt” and “The Black Rose” are two of his most exciting, but “Hight Towers” most closely approximates Roberts’ writing.

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