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Beneath a Marble Sky

by John Shors

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    Jun 2004, 325 pages
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    Jun 2006, 352 pages

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When reading historical fiction I always like to know what is fact and what is fiction. So, two years ago, when I first recommended Beneath A Marble Sky in hardcover, I asked John where fact ended and fiction began, to which he answered, "About 65% of Beneath a Marble Sky is based upon hard facts. All of the royal characters, for instance, were real people and acted as they do in my book. I did make up a few of the characters such as Nizam and Ladli, and the relationship between Jahanara and Isa is the result of my imagination."

He is working on a new book but that is having to take a back seat while he promotes the paperback version of Beneath A Marble Sky. The paperback is being published by Penguin - one of the largest USA publishers, who snapped up the rights after the hardcover was published by a small independent publishing company in 2004 (when it was first recommended at BookBrowse).

John is available to chat with BookBrowse members and their book clubs via the Invite The Author program.

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