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Historical Fiction

Historical Fiction Books

Reader Reviewed The Ruby Slippers
Keir Alexander
April 2014 MEGA Debut of the Month. A remarkable and thought-provoking debut novel, whichimmediately becomes acompulsive read. Written with great eloquence, the tale transports you...
Format: Hardback - Released: 06/03/2014
     

Reader Reviewed The Four Streets
Nadine Dorries
April 2014 Debut of the Month. An appealingly poignant story of family and lost innocence, simply yet artfully told. The opening chapter is unpretentiously descriptive,...
Format: Hardback - Released: 10/04/2014
     

The Crimson Ribbon
Katherine Clements
April 2014 eBook of the Month. Straddling the end of the Civil War and the death of Charles I, this is an interesting portrayal of the period. We follow Ruth, nursemaid to Oliver...
Format: Hardback - Released: 27/03/2014
     

England Expects A Mirabelle Bevan Mystery
Sara Sheridan
April 2014 eBook of the Month. A classically arresting mystery, overflowing with good old fashioned pluck, courage and perseverance. The third in the Mirabelle Bevan mysteries, this can also be read as a...
Format: Hardback - Released: 21/03/2014
     

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 reputation grows among the wealthy for she is indeed one...
Format: Hardback - Released: 24/04/2014
     

The Day without Yesterday
Stuart Clark
The third in Stuart Clark's accessible and informative Sky's Dark Labyrinth series, where he uses historical fiction to help readers better understand the cosmos. Based on the true story of Albert Einstein and George Lemaître, a devout catholic and physicist...
Format: Paperback - Released: 03/04/2014
     

Reader Reviewed Ghostwritten
Isabel Wolff
Stolen childhoods and harrowing memories haunt lives in this moving and fascinating novel. Written with tremendous compassion and eloquence, the author reveals two tales, two time frames, two tragedies and two guilt-ridden women seeking redemption. The different time frames work...
Format: Paperback - Released: 27/03/2014
     

The Undertaking
Audrey Magee
Shortlisted for the 2014 Baileys Women's Prize for Fiction. An exceptional and totally engrossing debut novel, viewing WWII from an unfamiliar perspective. We are introduced to an ordinary family in extraordinary times; they make some perplexing and disturbing decisions, is this...
Format: Hardback - Released: 06/02/2014
     

Will
Christopher Rush
With great imagination, colour and skill, renowned writer and dramatist Christopher Rush takes the reader inside the mind of the world famous Bard of Avon through encounters with his lawyer as they prepare his will. This fictional autobiography was first...
Format: Paperback - Released: 06/02/2014
     

Northanger Abbey
Jane Austen
Full to the brim with ready wit and arch social commentary, this amusing and intelligent book is as relevant today as it was when published nearly 200 years ago. If you haven't previously read any of Austen’s works, this is...
Format: Hardback - Released: 27/03/2014
     

My Last Duchess
Daisy Goodwin
With its lavish period detail, gossip below stairs, and intrigue above My Last Duchess is a genuine genre buster that has the potential to appeal to the widest possible audience. Stylish and atmospheric of time and place it's also full...
Format: Paperback - Released: 06/01/2011
     

Reader Reviewed Burial Rites
Hannah Kent
Shortlisted for the 2014 Baileys Women's Prize for Fiction. An historical dual-narrative tale set in Iceland in 1829 where three, two women and a man, are sentenced for killing two men. We follow the narrative of the “jealous” woman as she...
Format: Paperback - Released: 27/02/2014
     

The Tale of Raw Head and Bloody Bones
Jack Wolf
The year is 1750. Meet Tristan Hart, precociously talented student of medicine. His obsession is the nature of pain and preventing. He is on a quest to cut through superstition with the brilliant blade of science. Meet Tristan Hart, madman...
Format: Paperback - Released: 03/04/2014
     

Nightingales on Call
Donna Douglas
1937 sees new challenges for the trainee nurses. Dora and her old enemy Lucy are paired up on the children's ward for the final three months of their training. The two nurses couldn't seem more different, but they may have...
Format: Paperback - Released: 24/04/2014
     

Kingmaker: Winter Pilgrims
Toby Clements
Magnificent. An historical tour de force, revealing Clements to be a novelist every bit as good as Cornwell, Gregory or Iggulden. Kingmaker is the best book I've read this year by some margin. (Ben Kane). February, 1460: in the bitter...
Format: Hardback - Released: 10/04/2014
     

A Wolf in Hindelheim
Jenny Mayhew
This is an atmospheric and gripping novel from an exciting new voice for fans of The Snow Child and The Hundred-Year-Old Man Who Climbed Out of the Window and Disappeared. South-West Germany, 1926. The disappearance of a baby girl calls...
Format: Paperback - Released: 06/03/2014
     

War God
Graham Hancock
A young girl called Tozi stands at the bottom of a pyramid, waiting to be led to the top where her heart will be cut out...Pepillo, a Spanish orphan who serves a sadistic Dominican friar, is aboard the Spanish fleet...
Format: Paperback - Released: 27/03/2014
     

The Maharajah's General
Paul Fraser Collard
Jack Lark barely survived the Battle of the Alma. As the brutal fight raged, he discovered the true duty that came with the officer's commission he'd taken. In hospital, wounded, and with his stolen life left lying on the battlefield,...
Format: Paperback - Released: 27/03/2014
     

The Orchardist
Amanda Coplin
At the turn of the 20th century, in a remote stretch of Northwest America, a solitary orchardist, Talmadge, tends to apples and apricots as if they were his children. One day, two teenage girls steal his fruit at the market....
Format: Paperback - Released: 06/03/2014
     

The Sunne in Splendour
Sharon Penman
**To celebrate thirty years since its first publication, Pan Macmillan are proud to publish this special, re-edited edition, with a new author's note from Sharon Penman** Richard, last-born son of the Duke of York, was seven months short of his...
Format: Paperback - Released: 24/04/2014
     

The Tudor Princess
Darcey Bonnette
Love, treachery and betrayal at court...The perfect read for fans of Philippa Gregory and Susannah Dunn. From her earliest days, Margaret Tudor knows she will not have the luxury of choosing a husband. As daughter of Henry VII, her duty...
Format: Paperback - Released: 10/04/2014
     

Empress of the Night
Eva Stachniak
Perfect for readers of Hilary Mantel, Alison Weir, and Philippa Gregory, Empress of the Night is Eva Stachniak’s engrossing new novel, told in the voice of Catherine the Great as the Romanov monarch reflects on her ascension to the throne,...
Format: Hardback - Released: 10/04/2014
     

The Skull and the Nightingale
Michael Irwin
Set in England in the early 1760s, this is a chilling and deliciously dark tale of manipulation, sex, and seduction. When Richard Fenwick, a young man without family or means, returns to London from the Grand Tour, his wealthy godfather,...
Format: Paperback - Released: 24/04/2014
     

The She-Wolf
Maurice Druon
'This was the original game of thrones' George R.R. Martin Charles IV is now king of France and his sister is Edward II of England's Queen. Having been imprisoned by Edward as leader of the rebellious English barons, Roger Mortimer...
Format: Hardback - Released: 10/04/2014
     

The Sacred River
Wendy Wallace
Harriet Heron's life is almost over before it has even begun. At just twenty-three years of age, she is an invalid, over-protected and reclusive. Before it is too late, she must escape the fog of Victorian London for a place...
Format: Paperback - Released: 24/04/2014
     

The Quick
Lauren Owen
You are about to discover the secrets of The Quick - But first you must travel to Victorian Yorkshire, and there, on a remote country estate, meet a brother and sister alone in the world and bound by tragedy. In...
Format: Hardback - Released: 03/04/2014
     

The Lion and the Lamb
John Henry Clay
A very polished first novel set in late Roman Britain when the Romans’ control was on the wane. It’s a family tale more political than military, more human than blood and guts. It really portrays the period through one senatorial...
Format: Paperback - Released: 10/04/2014
     

The King's Exile
Andrew Swanston
Spring, 1648. When Thomas Hill, a bookseller living in rural Hampshire, publishes a political pamphlet he has little idea of the trouble that will follow. He is quickly arrested, forced on a boat to Barbados and condemned to life as...
Format: Paperback - Released: 24/04/2014
     

Keane's Challenge
Iain Gale
The Iberian Peninsula, 1809. French troops led by one of Napoleon's best generals are massing on the border. Wellington's outnumbered force and his unreliable Spanish allies need to pick off the smaller French units if they are to stand their...
Format: Hardback - Released: 01/05/2014
     

Flight By Elephant The Untold Story of World War II's Most Daring Jungle Rescue
Andrew Martin
The incredible story of Gyles Mackrell and his Burmese, elephant-assisted wartime rescue mission. In the summer of 1942, Gyles Mackrell - a decorated First World War pilot and tea plantation overseer, performed a series of heroic rescues in the hellish...
Format: Paperback - Released: 24/04/2014
     

The Royal Succession
Maurice Druon
This is the original Game of Thrones. George R.R. Martin. 'No woman shall succeed in Salique land' Louis X is dead, poisoned, murdered, by the hand of Mahaut d'Artois. Her plan is simple - to clear the path to the...
Format: Paperback - Released: 24/04/2014
     

Brothers' Fury
Giles Kristian
Rebel Tom Rivers has been rejected by both his family and his commanding officer. But spymaster Captain Crafte sees in the young hothead a fearlessness that could be used to strike at the very heart of the Royalist cause. Renegade...
Format: Paperback - Released: 24/04/2014
     

The Scandalous Duchess
Anne O'Brien
Before the Tudors came the most shocking affair in Royal history...1372: The Savoy Palace, London. Katherine Swynford is back in court for the first time since becoming a widow. John of Gaunt, Plantagenet Prince and newly married, is waiting for...
Format: Paperback - Released: 07/03/2014
     

The Son
Philipp Meyer
Part epic of Texas, part classic coming-of-age story, part unflinching portrait of the bloody price of power, The Son is an utterly transporting novel that maps the legacy of violence in the American West through the lives of the McCulloughs,...
Format: Paperback - Released: 27/02/2014
     

The Queen of Four Kingdoms
HRH Princess Michael, of Kent
Not easy to get into but, once you do, this book’s historical details and intriguing story (which will no doubt be new to many readers) are enjoyable. A fun historical romp. If you like your history frothy and romantic then...
Format: Paperback - Released: 06/03/2014
     


Historical fiction is such a great way to experience the past. It’s fascinating, thrilling and you learn from it. Wonderful! The best way to make sure you’re ahead of history is through our emails, which will guide you to the latest and best so you can...


Travel back to ancient Egypt (Christian Jacq) or real life in 18th Century London (Maureen Waller)... Experience the terrifying menace of Vesuvius (Robert Harris) or get a fix on Troy as it actually was (Michael Wood)... Play politics at the mercurial court of Henry VIII (Philippa Gregory) or watch as the Romanov dynasty self-destructs (Carolly Erickson)... Analyse Napoleon’s misguided march on Moscow (Adam Zamoyski) or share an ordinary soldier’s experience of the Great War (Richard Holmes)...

 

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Prince
Rory Clements
A compelling murder mystery set within the splendour and intrigue of the Elizabethan age. The John Shakespeare series: 1. Martyr 2. Revenger 3. Prince 4. Traitor 5.
 
 
 


The Fever Tree
Jennifer McVeigh
Winner of the Epic Category Romantic Novel of the Year at the RNA Awards 2014. One of the Richard and Judy Spring 2013 Book Club selections. Contrasting polite Victorian society...
 
 
 


The Gilded Fan
Christina Courtenay
Winner of the Historical Category Romantic Novel of the Year at the RNA Awards 2014. From the author of four successful award-winning novels, this is a gorgeous historical romance and the...
 
 
 


The Signature of All Things
Elizabeth Gilbert
5 January 1800. At the beginning of a new century, Alma Whittaker is born into a perfect Philadelphia winter. Her father, Henry Whittaker, is a bold and charismatic botanical explorer...
 
 
 


The Dead Can Wait
Robert Ryan
Dr John Watson is fresh from his time in the trenches of Flanders Fields and back home for some much needed R&R. But deep in England's green and pleasant land...
 
 
 


In the Light of Morning
Tim Pears
It is May 1944 and in Eastern Europe the Second World War is reaching a dramatic and bloody crescendo. High above the mountains of occupied Slovenia an aeroplane drops three...
 
 
 


Atonement of Blood
Peter Tremayne
Winter, 670 AD. King Colgu has invited the leading nobles and chieftains of his kingdom to a feast day. The gathering is interrupted by a religieux claiming that he has...
 
 
 


Rebel Bride
Elizabeth Moss
He is under her spell...Hugh Beaufort, favoured courtier of King Henry VIII, likes his women quiet and biddable. Susannah Tyrell is neither of these things. She is feisty, beautiful, opinionated...
 
 
 


The Mangle Street Murders
M. R. C. Kasasian
March 2014 eBook of the Month. Love him or hate him, this star ‘personal’ detective Sidney Grice is certainly an interesting character. We...
 
 
 


One Night in Winter
Simon Sebag Montefiore
If your children were forced to testify against you, what terrible secrets would they reveal? Moscow 1945. As Stalin and his courtiers celebrate victory over Hitler, shots ring out. On...
 
 
 


The Balloonist
James Long
Lieutenant Willy Sholto, invalided out of the Royal Flying Corps, has been delegated the most dangerous job on the Western Front - a balloon observer hanging under a gasbag filled...
 
 
 


Reader Reviewed The Queen's Man
Rory Clements
March 2014 Book of the Month and eBook of the Month. It is 1582 and John Shakespeare, brother of William, spy for Walsingham,...
 
 
 


Bittersweet
Colleen Mccullough
The queen of the epic story has come up trumps with this powerful historical novel about two sets of twins; four sisters - all attractive, headstrong, clever yet vulnerable –...
 
 
 


Reader Reviewed Martyr
Rory Clements
Martyr is the first in the acclaimed and bestselling John Shakespeare Elizabethan mystery series by Rory Clements, winner of the Ellis Peters Historical Fiction Award. Click here to...
 
 
 


Reader Reviewed The Heretics
Rory Clements
Walsingham spy now in the service of Sir Robert Cecil, John Shakespeare, older brother of William, finds his trusted band of fellow spies are being picked off one by one,...
 
 
 


Treachery
S. J. Parris
The fourth in the series featuring Giordano Bruno, mathematician, philosopher, heretic and spy, and solver of murders in Elizabethan England. In previous novels Bruno encountered John Dee, Nostradamus and Walsingham....
 
 
 


A Dark and Distant Shore
Reay Tannahill
Reay Tannahill's great bestseller is the story of an extraordinary woman's determination to win back her birthright - the remote and beautiful West Highland castle of Kinveil - sold by...
 
 
 


The Illusionists
Rosie Thomas
From the bestselling author of the phenomenally successful The Kashmir Shawl London 1870. A terrifying place for a young, beautiful woman of limited means. But Eliza is modern before her...
 
 
 


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 May Bride
Suzannah Dunn
I didn't stand a chance: looking back over thirteen years, that's what I see. In the very first instant, I was won over, and of course I was: I was...
 
 
 


The Monuments Men Allied Heroes, Nazi Thieves and the Greatest Treasure Hunt in History
Robert M. Edsel
Now a major film starring George Cloooney, Matt Damon, Cate Blanchett, Bill Murray, John Goodman, Hugh Bonneville, Bob Balan, Jean Dujardin and Dimitri Leonidas.
 
 
 


The Seven Streets of Liverpool
Maureen Lee
Pearl Street in Liverpool has already seen its share of drama and tragedy in the opening years of the War, but as the residents prepare for Christmas 1942, its spirit...
 
 
 


Shakespeare's Rebel
C. C. Humphreys
1599. London is on the brink of revolution...But John Lawley - England's finest swordsman - just wants to be left alone to win back the heart of the woman he...
 
 
 


My Notorious Life
Kate Manning
March 2014 Book of the Month. Told by Madam X herself, one Axie Muldoon, this vivid tale is based on a true one....
 
 
 


A King's Ransom
Sharon Penman
From the New York Times bestselling author comes the stunning sequel to Lionheart Travelling home from the bloody battlefields of the Holy Land, the Crusader King Richard the Lionheart is...
 
 
 


Reader Reviewed Jacob's Folly
Rebecca Miller
March 2014 Book of the Month. From the author of the Richard and Judy bestseller, The Private Lives of Pippa Lee, comes...
 
 
 


The Secrets of Life and Death
Rebecca Alexander
March 2014 Debut of the Month. The novel dives straight in with a young...
 
 
 


Revenger
Rory Clements
From Rory Clements, winner of the Ellis Peters Historical Fiction Award, comes REVENGER, the second in his acclaimed bestselling John Shakespeare Elizabethan mystery series. 'Does for Elizabeth's reign what CJ...
 
 
 


Traitor
Rory Clements
From Rory Clements, winner of the Ellis Peters Historical Fiction Award, comes Traitor, the fourth in his acclaimed bestselling John Shakespeare Elizabethan mystery series. 'Does for Elizabeth's reign what CJ...
 
 
 

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The Book Thief
Markus Zusak
The author wrote this for his children so they might better understand the horror of the Nazification of Germany. Written in a light, simplistic style, narrated by Death and centred...
 
 
 


Reader Reviewed A Burnable Book
Bruce Holsinger
February 2014 Debut of the Month. A challenging, big, historical novel steeped in fact and really quite an excellent history lesson. It seems...
 
 
 


Cavendon Hall
Barbara Taylor Bradford
February 2014 Book of the Month. A glorious family saga for Downton Abbey fans. This follows the lives of the aristocratic family of...
 
 
 


Leaving Everything Most Loved
Jacqueline Winspear
A Maisie Dobbs period (1933) whodunit set in London and interestingly for the period involving the murder of Indian women from a hostel for those ill-treated by their employers. This...
 
 
 


Reader Reviewed The Tournament
Matthew Reilly
February 2014 eBook of the Month. The game in question is chess, the board Constantinople and the prize, a broader education for Elizabeth...
 
 
 


The Double Shadow
Sally Gardner
What if you could capture your memories and store them safely, then edit out the bad bits and live forever in the good parts of your past? That is what...
 
 
 


Spilt Milk
Amanda Hodgkinson
The second novel from historical novelist Amanda Hodgkinson whose debut 22 Britannia Road garnered lots of praise and attention. Beginning in early 20th century Suffolk and moving through to...
 
 
 


Above All Things
Tanis Rideout
In the Himalayas two climbers strike out for the summit of the Earth's highest mountain - aiming to be the first to the top. In Cambridge, a wife collects the...
 
 
 


Dodger
James Benmore
The Artful Dodger is back! Returning to the page for the first time in 175 years, London's most skilled and charismatic thief is back to ply his trade on the...
 
 
 


The Fall and Rise of Lucy Charlton
Elizabeth Gill
1920, Durham. Since she was a child, Lucy Charlton has dreamed of working with her father in the family solicitor's firm. But a scandal shatters her dreams and, when her...
 
 
 


Gretel and the Dark
Eliza Granville
Gretel and the Dark is Eliza Granville's dazzling novel of darkness, evil - and hope. Krysta's Papa is busy working in the infirmary with the 'animal people', so little Krysta...
 
 
 


Hannibal: Clouds of War
Ben Kane
As Rome's war with Carthage continues, two friends - now on opposing sides - confront each other in one of the most brutal sieges of all time. A new Hannibal...
 
 
 


Liverpool Angels
Lyn Andrews
Born at the turn of the twentieth century, Mae Strickland is only a few days old when her mother suddenly dies. Her aunt Maggie brings Mae up together with her...
 
 
 


An Officer and a Spy
Robert Harris
From the bestselling author of Fatherland, a gripping historical thriller in which the hunter becomes the hunted. January 1895. On a freezing morning in the heart of Paris, an army...
 
 
 


Paris
Edward Rutherfurd
City of love. City of splendour. City of terror. City of dreams. Inspired by the haunting, passionate story of the city of lights, this epic novel weaves a gripping tale...
 
 
 


Reckless
William Nicholson
1945. The Second World War has gone on too long. Shops are closed 'for the duration'. Trains run a restricted service 'for the duration'. Life has paused, for the duration....
 
 
 


Red Joan
Jennie Rooney
Cambridge University in 1937 is awash with ideas and idealists - to unworldly Joan it is dazzling. After a chance meeting with Russian-born Sonya and Leo, Joan is swept up...
 
 
 


The Riot
Laura Wilson
1958: Notting Hill is sweltering in a heatwave. It's DI Stratton's new manor and a powder keg of racial tension. A rent collector is stabbed and a series of street...
 
 
 


The Road Between Us
Nigel Farndale
1939: In a hotel room overlooking Piccadilly Circus, two young men are arrested. Charles is court-martialled for 'conduct unbecoming'; Anselm is deported home to Germany for 're-education' in a brutal...
 
 
 


Rome: The Art of War
M. C. Scott
Rome: AD69, The Year of the Four Emperors. Three Emperors have ruled in Rome this year and a fourth, Vespasian, has been named in the East. As the legions march...
 
 
 


The Visitors
Sally Beauman
Sent abroad to Egypt in 1922 to recover from the typhoid that killed her mother, eleven-year-old Lucy is caught up in the intrigue and excitement that surrounds the obsessive hunt...
 
 
 


The White Princess
Philippa Gregory
The haunting story of the mother of the Tudors, Elizabeth of York, wife to Henry VII. Beautiful eldest daughter of Edward IV and Elizabeth Woodville - the White Queen -...
 
 
 


Reader Reviewed After Flodden
Rosemary Goring
Louise has lost her brother in one of Scotland’s most bloody defeats against the English. She turns to Patrick Paniter, who orchestrated the war, for help. Paniter is wracked with...
 
 
 


A Cruel Fate
Lindsey Davis
Martin Watts, a bookseller, is captured by Royalists. Jane Afton's brother Nat is taken too. They suffer inhumane treatment as prisoners-of-war. In Oxford Castle jailor William Smith tortures, beats, starves...
 
 
 


Treachery
S. J. Parris
August, 1583. Giordano Bruno, a heretic fleeing the Inquisition, finds a new life working as a spy for Sir Francis Walsingham. Along with his friend, Sir Philip Sidney, Bruno travels...
 
 
 


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