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Historical Fiction

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Reader Reviewed Honeyville
Daisy Waugh
November 2014 Book of the Month. Set in 1913 and 1933 in Colorado and Hollywood amid the miners’ strike and unrest and later the opulent life of the film industry. At the centre...
Format: Paperback - Released: 20/11/2014
     

Other Featured Books this Month


Reader Reviewed The Queen's Man
Rory Clements
It is 1582 and John Shakespeare, brother of William, spy for Walsingham, is sent with his loyal servant Boltfoot on a mission to his home town, Stratford-on-Avon, to investigate a conspiracy to free Mary Queen of Scots. The conflict between...
Format: Paperback - Released: 20/11/2014
     

Reader Reviewed The King's Sister
Anne O'Brien
A passionate, all-consuming yet very sad love story in violent times, that of Elizabeth of Lancaster, a Plantagenet, for John Holland, Duke of Exeter. We are in the 1380s and 90s, a very complex period of history, here thrillingly related....
Format: Hardback - Released: 07/11/2014
     

Reader Reviewed The Four Streets
Nadine Dorries
An appealingly poignant story of family and lost innocence, simply yet artfully told. The opening chapter is unpretentiously descriptive, yet in a few paragraphs the author paints the four streets and its inhabitants so that they resonate vibrantly in your...
Format: Paperback - Released: 09/10/2014
     

Brothers in Blood
Simon Scarrow
Another excellent Macro and Cato adventure. Having been involved in the political machinations in Rome, the two friends are advised to go (are sent?) to Britain where the fight there is to subdue Caractacus. He is cleverly avoiding battle by...
Format: Hardback - Released: 09/10/2014
     

The Shadow of War The Great War Series Book 1
Stewart Binns
The beginning of an ambitious series with a book for each of the four years of World War I so we start just before the outbreak and go into the trenches and on into the now famous Christmas Day football...
Format: Paperback - Released: 23/10/2014
     

An Officer and a Spy
Robert Harris
Winner of the Specsavers CWA Ian Fleming Steel Dagger - Thriller of the Year 2014. Open this book and you know immediately that you are in good hands. Harris’ fluent style, careful plotting and cranked up tension leave you breathlessly turning...
Format: Paperback - Released: 08/05/2014
     

Cavendon Hall
Barbara Taylor Bradford
A glorious family saga for Downton Abbey fans. This follows the lives of the aristocratic family of two sons and four daughters of the sixth Earl of Mowbray and the Swann family who serves them. It opens in the summer...
Format: Paperback - Released: 06/11/2014
     

The Goddess and the Thief
Essie Fox
A romantic lush Victorian gothic novel, complex in scope and concept but glorious in execution. Alice, whose mother died not long after she was born, has been raised in India, so when her father decides it’s time to return to...
Format: Paperback - Released: 20/11/2014
     

Agnes Sorel: Mistress of Beauty
HRH Princess Michael of Kent
The Queen of Four Kingdoms is dead. Agnes Sorel, her beautiful and innocent fourteen-year-old pupil, soon catches the attention of the mourning court. As a trusted confidant of the deceased Queen Yolande, Agnes captivates all whom she meets, but none...
Format: Hardback - Released: 06/11/2014
     

The Balloonist
James Long
Four thousand feet above the Western Front, only love can keep hope alive ...Lieutenant Willy Fraser, formerly of the Royal Flying Corps, has been delegated the most dangerous job on the Western Front - a balloon observer hanging under a...
Format: Paperback - Released: 06/11/2014
     

Prisoner of Night and Fog
Anne Blankman
An explosive, fast-paced thriller set in Nazi Germany, perfect for readers who enjoyed THE BOOK THIEF.'It's terrifying and incredible to think how much of this story is true' Elizabeth Wein, author of CODE NAME VERITY. Gretchen Muller has, as best...
Format: Paperback - Released: 06/11/2014
     

The Night Falling
Katherine Webb
Puglia, 1921. Leandro Cardetta, born into poverty, emigrated to America to make his fortune and has returned home to southern Italy a rich man, accompanied by his glamorous wife, Marcie, an ex-showgirl fighting middle age. Now Leandro has money enough...
Format: Hardback - Released: 20/11/2014
     

The Long Sword
Christian Cameron
Pisa, May 1364. Sir William Gold - newly knighted on the battlefield outside the gates of Florence - can look forward to a lucrative career as a sword for hire in the endless warring between Italy's wealthy city states. But...
Format: Hardback - Released: 20/11/2014
     

The Empty Throne
Bernard Cornwell
The new novel in Bernard Cornwell's number one bestselling series The Warrior Chronicles, on the making of England and the fate of his great hero, Uhtred of Bebbanburg. The forces of Wessex and Mercia have united against the Danes, but...
Format: Hardback - Released: 23/10/2014
     

The Twilight Hour
Nicci Gerrard
Secrets and memories collide in The Twilight Hour, the new novel from bestselling author Nicci Gerrard. 'Be with me now, at the twilight hour. When the light fails.' 'I'm here.' 'Tell me.' 'What shall I tell you?' 'Tell me about...
Format: Paperback - Released: 23/10/2014
     

Pegasus
Danielle Steel
A beautiful chronicle of fate, love and loss, Pegasus is the evocative story of two families who were never meant to stay apart and the powerful bond that will unite them forever. In the German countryside, on the cusp of...
Format: Hardback - Released: 23/10/2014
     

Lamentation
C. J. Sansom
The eagerly anticipated new Shardlake novel from the number one bestselling author. Summer, 1546. King Henry VIII is slowly, painfully dying. His Protestant and Catholic councillors are engaged in a final and decisive power struggle; whoever wins will control the...
Format: Hardback - Released: 23/10/2014
     

Crooked Heart
Lissa Evans
When Noel Bostock - aged ten, no family - is evacuated from London to escape the Blitz, he ends up living in St Albans with Vera Sedge - thirty-six and drowning in debts and dependents. Always desperate for money, she's...
Format: Hardback - Released: 06/11/2014
     

The Suicide Club
Andrew Williams
For all readers of Robert Harris, William Boyd and John le Carre, The Suicide Club is a First World War spy thriller set in Occupied Belgium in 1917, and tells the dark, disturbing and untold story of the shadow espionage...
Format: Hardback - Released: 06/11/2014
     

In Paradise
Peter Matthiessen
In Paradise tells the story of a group of men and women who come together for a weeklong meditation retreat at the site of a World War II concentration camp, and the grief, rage and upsetting revelations that surface during...
Format: Paperback - Released: 06/11/2014
     

Sanctuary
Robert Edric
Haworth, West Yorkshire, 1848. Branwell Bronte - unexhibited artist, unacknowledged writer, sacked railwayman, disgraced tutor and spurned lover -finds himself unhappily back in Haworth Parsonage, to face the crushing disappointment of his father and his three sisters, whose own pseudonymous...
Format: Hardback - Released: 20/11/2014
     

The Petticoat Men
Barbara Ewing
The Victorian gossipmongers called them The Petticoat Men. But to young widow Mattie Stacey, they are Freddie and Ernest, her gentlemen lodgers. It is Mattie who admires their sparkling gowns, makes their extravagant hats and laughs at their stories of...
Format: Paperback - Released: 06/11/2014
     

Cromwell's Blessing
Peter Ransley
The price for a country. The price for a King. The price for a marriage. The dramatic story of Tom Neave continues...The second book in the Tom Neave Trilogy, 'Cromwell's Blessing' sees Tom still determined to fight for his principles...
Format: Paperback - Released: 20/11/2014
     

The Tudor Vendetta
Christopher Gortner
November, 1558: Elizabeth I has ascended the throne but the first days of her reign are already fraught with turmoil, the kingdom weakened by past strife and her ability to rule uncertain. When Brendan Prescott, her intimate spy, returns to...
Format: Paperback - Released: 23/10/2014
     

Ruth's Journey
Donald McCaig
Set against the backdrop of the American South from the 1820s until the dawn of the Civil War, this is a remarkable story of fortitude, heartbreak, and indomitable will - and a tale that will forever illuminate the reading of...
Format: Hardback - Released: 23/10/2014
     

Mathew's Tale
Quintin Jardine
In this, his landmark fortieth novel, Quintin Jardine tells the remarkable story of a man's quest for justice - at any cost. 1818, Carluke, Lanarkshire. Mathew Fleming returns home to Scotland following heroic service at the Battle of Waterloo. After...
Format: Paperback - Released: 01/10/2014
     

Enemies at Home Falco: The New Generation
Lindsey Davis
From renowned author Lindsey Davis, creator of the much-loved character, Marcus Didius Falco and his friends and family, comes the second novel in her all-new series set in Ancient Rome. We first met Flavia Albia, Falco's feisty adopted daughter, in...
Format: Paperback - Released: 23/10/2014
     

The Dead Can Wait
Robert Ryan
Deep in England's green and pleasant land something evil lurks...Dr John Watson is back home, fresh from his time in the trenches of Flanders Fields. The horrors of war weigh heavy on his mind, and now his task is to...
Format: Paperback - Released: 09/10/2014
     

Csardas
Diane Pearson
CSARDAS - taken from the name of the Hungarian national dance - follows the fortunes of the enchanting Ferenc sisters from their glittering beginnings in aristocratic Hungary, through the traumas of two World Wars. From the dazzling elegance of coming-out...
Format: Paperback - Released: 28/08/2014
     


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The Heretic 1536: Who Will Survive the New World Order?
Henry Vyner-Brooks
A novel of espionage, romance and intrigue set in 1536 amidst the dissolution of the monasteries. Based on historical events, this post-medieval mystery is laced with romance, fuelled by greed...
 
 
 


Reader Reviewed The Fortune Hunter
Daisy Goodwin
A lovely Victorian saga incorporating many real characters and illustrating the development of the female role in society. Our protagonist, Charlotte Baird’s ambition is to be a photographer and her...
 
 
 


Miss Carter's War
Sheila Hancock
The actress’s first novel, we know she can write from her autobiographical work, the award-winning The Two of Us about her life with John Thaw amongst them. This is...
 
 
 


Mr Mac and Me
Esther Freud
It is 1914, and Thomas Maggs, the son of the local publican, lives with his parents and sister in a village on the Suffolk coast. He is the youngest child,...
 
 
 


Firestorm
Tamara McKinley
Becky Jackson's family has been managing the hospital in far-flung Morgan's Reach for three generations. When Becky's husband is tragically lost at war, she and her young son Danny must...
 
 
 


Reader Reviewed The Invention of Wings
Sue Monk Kidd
October 2014 Book of the Month. Divided into two first-person, alternating narration, this is strong stuff. One first person, Sarah Grimke, is the...
 
 
 


The Lives of Stella Bain
Anita Shreve
Hauled in a cart to a field hospital in northern France in March 1916, an American woman wakes from unconsciousness to the smell of gas gangrene, the sounds of men...
 
 
 


Reader Reviewed Wars of the Roses: Trinity
Conn Iggulden
October 2014 Book of the Month. The second instalment following Stormbird. It is 1454, Henry VI is ill. Richard of York is...
 
 
 


The Grand Duchess of Nowhere
Laurie Graham
There is one great love in everyone's life. For Ducky, Princess Victoria Melita, hers was a Romanov cousin, a member of the doomed Russian royal family. Her father is Prince...
 
 
 


Warrior of Rome: the Amber Road
Harry Sidebottom
Warrior of Rome: The Amber Road is the sixth book in Harry Sidebottom's Warrior of Rome series. AD 264 - The Roman Empire is torn in two. The western provinces...
 
 
 


Plague Land
S. D. Sykes
Oswald de Lacy was never meant to be the Lord of Somerhill Manor. Despatched to a monastery at the age of seven, sent back at seventeen when his father and...
 
 
 


Serena
Ron Rash
George and Serena Pemberton arrive in the wilds of the North Carolina mountains to build a life together in a rural logging town. But Serena is unlike any woman this...
 
 
 


Reader Reviewed Bellman & Black
Diane Setterfield
The Thirteenth Tale, Diane Setterfield’s debut, was one of the most exciting first novels since The Time Traveler’s Wife (and recently adapted for TV by the BBC)....
 
 
 


The Boleyn Bride
Emily Purdy
Sixteen, of noble birth and stunningly beautiful, Elizabeth Howard envisions a glorious life for herself as lady-in-waiting to the future queen, Catherine of Aragon. But when she is forced to...
 
 
 


The Emperor's Knives
Anthony Riches
The seventh novel in Anthony Riches' acclaimed Empire sequence brings Marcus Aquila back to Rome, hunting the men who destroyed his family. But the revenge he craves may cost him...
 
 
 


Fool's Gold
Zana Bell
Love - is it worth its weight in gold? It's 1866 and the gold rush is on. Left to fend for herself in the wilds of New Zealand's west coast,...
 
 
 


Hunting Season
Andrea Camilleri
Sicily, 1880. When a stranger arrives in Vigata, the town's inhabitants immediately become unsettled. It seems the young man, Fofo, is the son of a local peasant legendary for his...
 
 
 


A New York Christmas
Anne Perry
New York, 1904. Jemima Pitt arrives in a city where new American money and old English aristocracy collide. She's here to chaperone her friend, Delphinia, who has crossed the ocean...
 
 
 


The Winter Garden
Jane Thynne
Berlin, 1937. The city radiates glamour and ambition. But danger lurks in every shadow...Anna Hansen, a bride-to-be, is a pupil at one of Hitler's notorious Nazi Bride Schools, where young...
 
 
 


The Winter Ghosts
Kate Mosse
The Great War took much more than lives. It robbed a generation of friends, lovers and futures. In Freddie Watson's case, it took his beloved brother and, at times, his...
 
 
 


Winter Siege
Ariana Franklin
Run, run, girl. In the name of God, run. 1141. A mercenary watches from the icy reeds as a little girl with red hair is attacked by his own men....
 
 
 


Hearts of Darkness
Paul Lawrence
1666. London is recovering from the Great Plague and mourning it's dead - The city is free at last, like a great old bear, beaten to its knees, bloody but...
 
 
 


Mr Harrison's Confessions
Elizabeth Gaskell
The charming and witty prequel to Cranford, Mr Harrison's Confessions is a neglected Gaskell classic with all the period detail, brilliantly drawn characters and a well-knitted plot associated with Gaskell's...
 
 
 

The Month Before's Featured Books


Beating for Light
Geoff Akers
A convincing and impressive fictional account using known facts, to portray the life of Isaac Rosenberg, a poet and painter most famous for his provocative poems from the trenches in...
 
 
 


The Thread
Victoria Hislop
This is an enthralling novel from the million-copy bestselling author of The Island and The Return. Victoria Hislop is brilliant at setting the scene so you, the reader,...
 
 
 


Reader Reviewed Wars of the Roses: Stormbird
Conn Iggulden
The first in a new series of the Wars of the Roses. Whereas the TV drama The White Queen looked at the period from the female point of view, this...
 
 
 


And Some Fell on Stony Ground A Day in the Life of an an RAF Bomber Pilot
Leslie Mann, Richard Overy
In June 1941, Flight Sergeant Leslie Mann, a tail gunner in a British bomber, was shot down over Germany and taken into captivity. After the war, wanting to record the...
 
 
 


Reader Reviewed The Ruby Slippers
Keir Alexander
A remarkable and thought-provoking debut novel, which immediately becomes a compulsive read. Written with great eloquence, the tale transports you into an everyday reality filled with exquisite loss and longing....
 
 
 


The English Girl
Margaret Leroy
When seventeen-year-old Stella Whittaker is offered the chance to study at the Academy of Music in Vienna it's a dream-come-true, made possible by old family friends, Rainer and Marthe Kraus,...
 
 
 


The Last Viking
Berwick Coates
With the death of Edward the Confessor, the crown of England is hanging in the balance. And in the north Harald Hadrada, the Norwegian Viking leader, is determined to take...
 
 
 


The Paying Guests
Sarah Waters
'There came the splash of water and the rub of heels as Mrs Barber stepped into the tub. After that there was a silence, broken only by the occasional echoey...
 
 
 


Reader Reviewed The Aftermath
Rhidian Brook
September 2014 Book of the Month. World War II is an all too written about period of history but Brook manages to find...
 
 
 


Reader Reviewed A Burnable Book
Bruce Holsinger
A challenging, big, historical novel steeped in fact and really quite an excellent history lesson. It seems Geoffrey Chaucer has lost an important book that has been tampered with and...
 
 
 


Reader Reviewed I Can't Begin to Tell You
Elizabeth Buchan
September 2014 Book of the Month. A major departure for Elizabeth Buchan for this is an espionage tale set mostly in Denmark in...
 
 
 


Reader Reviewed The Undertaking
Audrey Magee
September 2014 Debut of the Month. Shortlisted for the 2014 Baileys Women's Prize for Fiction. An...
 
 
 


The Wildflower Path
Sarah Harrison
The past crashes across all four generations of this now extended family which we first met in The Flowers of the Field and gathered more about in A...
 
 
 


The Thieves' Labyrinth
James McCreet
A death on Waterloo bridge, a body in the river near Wapping, a lady robbed on Wych Street - all common enough daily incidents in early Victorian London. But when...
 
 
 


White Feathers
Susan Lanigan
Don’t be tricked into thinking this is a ‘Cinderella’ story, the first part, so gently and simply told by the author, almost lulls you into a false sense of security...
 
 
 


The Devil in the Marshalsea
Antonia Hodgson
London, 1727 - and Tom Hawkins is about to fall from his heaven of card games, brothels and coffee-houses into the hell of a debtors' prison. The Marshalsea is a...
 
 
 


Gutenberg's Apprentice
Alix Christie
In the middle of the 15th century, scribe Peter Schoeffer is dismayed to be instructed by his father to give up his beloved profession of illuminating texts in Paris. Instead...
 
 
 


Gwendolen A Novel
Diana Souhami
I was winning until I met your gaze...Gambling at the roulette tables of the Kursaal, Gwendolen Harleth glances up to meet Daniel Deronda's arresting stare. Striking, selfish and wilful, she...
 
 
 


Love and Treasure
Ayelet Waldman
A fugitive train loaded with the plunder of a doomed people. A dazzling jewelled pendant in the form of a stylized peacock. And three men - an American infantry captain...
 
 
 


Perfidia
James Ellroy
It is December 6 1941. America stands at the brink of World War II. Last hopes for peace are shattered when Japanese squadrons bomb Pearl Harbor.
 
 
 


The Poppy Factory
Liz Trenow
A captivating story of two young women, bound together by the tragedy of two very different wars. Perfect for fans of Katie Flynn and Maureen Lee. With the end of...
 
 
 


The Taxidermist's Daughter
Kate Mosse
Sussex, 1912. In a churchyard, villagers gather on the night when the ghosts of those who will die in the coming year are thought to be seen. Here, where the...
 
 
 


The Winter Crown
Elizabeth Chadwick
It is the winter of 1154 and Eleanor, Queen of England, is biding her time. While her husband King Henry II battles for land across the channel, Eleanor fulfils her...
 
 
 


The Winter Guest
Pam Jenoff
How much is one girl prepared to lose in order to save a man's life? Helena and Ruth are sisters desperately trying to survive the war in a bitter remote...
 
 
 


Reader Reviewed The Crimson Ribbon
Katherine Clements
September 2014 Debut of the Month. Straddling the end of the Civil War and the...
 
 
 


Of Winter's Cost
Geoff Akers
Oh my word! This is an impactive, fascinating and authoritative work of fiction bound by research into two of the most harrowing human issues in the world at this time,...
 
 
 


The Quick
Lauren Owen
You are about to discover the secrets of The Quick - But first, reader, you must travel to Victorian England, and there, in the wilds of Yorkshire, meet a brother...
 
 
 


Desert God
Wilbur Smith
Ex-slave. Philosopher. Chosen one. Taita has risen from nothing to become the most trusted man at the Pharaoh's side. Only he can plot a mission that will return Egypt to...
 
 
 


Quartet for the End of Time
Johanna Skibsrud
This is a mesmerising tale of love, justice and the connections that transcend the passage of time, from the Giller prize-winning author Johanna Skibsrud. The year is 1932, and America...
 
 
 


River God
Wilbur Smith
Ancient Egypt is the land of the Pharaohs, a kingdom built on gold as well as a legend shattered by greed. Now, the Valley of the Kings lies ravaged by...
 
 
 


The Visionist
Rachel Urquhart
'It was years before a Visionist came to the City of Hope. How could I have fathomed that her presence in our small, remote sanctuary - as unforeseen to her...
 
 
 


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