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The Historian by Elizabeth Kostova

Wow - choosing a single book was really hard! Wasted quite a bit of time there. 

I've finally settled on The Historian by Elizabeth Kostova - so my letter will be 'K' - as it is one of my favourite books and there is so much plot in it that I'm sure I will come up with lots of ideas.

The storyline references several different time periods so stylistically there is a lot I can take inspiration from.

Here's a quick blurb from Wikipedia with a bit of information about the story:

The Historian interweaves the history and folklore of Vlad Ţepeş, a 15th-century prince of Wallachia known as "Vlad the Impaler", and his fictional equivalent Count Dracula together with the story of Paul, a professor; his 16-year-old daughter; and their quest for Vlad's tomb. The novel ties together three separate narratives using letters and oral accounts: that of Paul's mentor in the 1930s, that of Paul in the 1950s, and that of the narrator herself in the 1970s. The tale is told primarily from the perspective of Paul's daughter, who is never named.

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/The_Historian

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