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Historical fiction

See below for a selection of the latest books from Historical fiction category. Presented with a red border are the Historical fiction books that have been lovingly read and reviewed by the experts at Lovereading. With expert reading recommendations made by people with a passion for books and some unique features Lovereading will help you find great Historical fiction books and those from many more genres to read that will keep you inspired and entertained. And it's all free!

The French Wife

The French Wife

Author: Diney Costeloe Format: Hardback Release Date: 07/05/2020

As the St Clair family prepare for the grand wedding of their daughter, Clarice, trouble is brewing in the shape of an old friendship, a dangerous secret and new love threatened by unexpected events. Diney Costeloe's wonderful new bestseller is set in 19th-century France. As the St Clair family prepare for the wedding of their daughter, Clarice, at the great country house of Montmichel, trouble is brewing. Their younger daughter, Helene, became friends with orphaned Annette during the terrible events of the 1871 siege of Paris. Now they are reunited, with Annette working below stairs for Helene's parents. But Annette is hiding a dangerous secret, which Helene has promised to keep at all costs. Meanwhile, Helene herself has begun to fall in love with a young nobleman from England, whose family has plans which do not include their son choosing a French wife.

People Like Us

People Like Us

Author: Louise Fein Format: Hardback Release Date: 07/05/2020

'I nearly drowned and Walter rescued me. That changes everything.' Leipzig, 1930's Germany. Hetty Heinrich is a perfect German child. Her father is an SS officer, her brother in the Luftwaffe, herself a member of the BDM. She believes resolutely in her country, and the man who runs it. Until Walter changes everything. Blond-haired, blue-eyed, perfect in every way Walter. The boy who saved her life. A Jew. Anti-semitism is growing by the day, and neighbours, friends and family members are turning on one another. As Hetty falls deeper in love with a man who is against all she has been taught, she begins to fight against her country, her family and herself. Hetty will risk have to risk everything to save Walter, even if it means sacrificing herself... Perfect for fans of The Tattooist of Auschwitz and The Book Thief.

Mary Toft; or, The Rabbit Queen

Mary Toft; or, The Rabbit Queen

Author: Dexter Palmer Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 07/05/2020

A stunning, powerfully evocative new novel based on a true story - in 1726 in the small town of Godalming, England, a young woman confounds the medical community by giving birth to dead rabbits. Surgeon John Howard is a rational man. His apprentice Zachary knows John is reluctant to believe anything that purports to exist outside the realm of logic. But even John cannot explain how or why Mary Toft, the wife of a local farmer, manages to give birth to a dead rabbit. When this singular event becomes a regular occurrence, John realizes that nothing in his experience as a village physician has prepared him to deal with a situation as disturbing as this. He writes to several preeminent surgeons in London, three of whom quickly arrive in the small town of Godalming ready to observe and opine. When Mary's plight reaches the attention of King George, Mary and her doctors are summoned to London, where Zachary experiences for the first time a world apart from his small-town existence, and is exposed to some of the darkest corners of the human soul. All the while, Mary lies in bed, waiting for another birth, as doubts begin to blossom among the surgeons and a growing group of onlookers grow impatient for another miracle . . .

The Last Man in Europe

The Last Man in Europe

Author: Dennis Glover Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 07/05/2020

1947. In a damp, run-down farmhouse on the island of Jura, George Orwell is embarking on his greatest work: Nineteen Eighty-Four. Forty-four years old and suffering from the tuberculosis that will eventually take his life, this book is his legacy - the culmination of a career spent fighting to preserve the freedoms which the wars and upheavals of the twentieth century have threatened. Completing the book is an urgent task - a race against death. Dennis Glover explores the creation of Orwell's final work, which for millions of readers worldwide defined the twentieth century. Simultaneously a captivating drama, a unique literary excavation and an unflinching portrait of a beloved writer, The Last Man in Europe will change the way you understand Nineteen Eighty-Fourand George Orwell himself.

People Like Us

People Like Us

Author: Louise Fein Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 07/05/2020

'I nearly drowned and Walter rescued me. That changes everything.' Leipzig, 1930's Germany. Hetty Heinrich is a perfect German child. Her father is an SS officer, her brother in the Luftwaffe, herself a member of the BDM. She believes resolutely in her country, and the man who runs it. Until Walter changes everything. Blond-haired, blue-eyed, perfect in every way Walter. The boy who saved her life. A Jew. Anti-semitism is growing by the day, and neighbours, friends and family members are turning on one another. As Hetty falls deeper in love with a man who is against all she has been taught, she begins to fight against her country, her family and herself. Hetty will risk have to risk everything to save Walter, even if it means sacrificing herself... Perfect for fans of The Tattooist of Auschwitz and The Book Thief.

The French Wife

The French Wife

Author: Diney Costeloe Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 07/05/2020

As the St Clair family prepare for the grand wedding of their daughter, Clarice, trouble is brewing in the shape of an old friendship, a dangerous secret and new love threatened by unexpected events. Diney Costeloe's wonderful new bestseller is set in 19th-century France. As the St Clair family prepare for the wedding of their daughter, Clarice, at the great country house of Montmichel, trouble is brewing. Their younger daughter, Helene, became friends with orphaned Annette during the terrible events of the 1871 siege of Paris. Now they are reunited, with Annette working below stairs for Helene's parents. But Annette is hiding a dangerous secret, which Helene has promised to keep at all costs. Meanwhile, Helene herself has begun to fall in love with a young nobleman from England, whose family has plans which do not include their son choosing a French wife.

The Tenth Muse

The Tenth Muse

Author: Catherine Chung Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 07/05/2020

'I couldn't put it down' Elif Batuman 'Remarkable' Roxane Gay 'Spellbinding' Tea Obreht 'A young woman's battle for acceptance in a male-dominated world; her misadventures in love; and her torturous journey to track down her real parents in Germany' Mail on Sunday Best New Fiction From childhood, Katherine knows she is different, and that her parents are not who they seem to be. But as she grows up and becomes a mathematician, she faces the most human of problems - who is she? What is the cost of love, and what is the cost of ambition? On her quest to conquer the Riemann hypothesis, the greatest unsolved mathematical problem of her time, she turns to a theorem with a mysterious history that holds both the lock and key to her identity, and to secrets long buried during World War II. Forced to confront some of the biggest events of the twentieth century and rethink everything she knows of herself, Katherine strives to take her place in the world of higher mathematics, reclaiming the voices of the women who came before her whose love of the language of numbers connects them across generations.

Blasted Things

Blasted Things

Author: Lesley Glaister Format: Hardback Release Date: 07/05/2020

WW1 is over. As a nurse at the front, Clementine has found and lost love, but has settled for middle class marriage. Vincent had half his face blown off, and wants more than life offers now. Drawn together by their shared experiences at the Front, they have a compulsive relationship, magnetic and parasitic, played out with blackmail and ending in disaster for one of them.

All We Left Behind

All We Left Behind

Author: Danielle R. Graham Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 05/05/2020

For fans of The Tattooist of Auschwitz 'Heart-wrenching. Emotional. A powerful story of wartime love and devotion' Glynis Peters, author of The Secret Orphan A powerful and incredibly moving historical novel inspired by an untold story of the Second World War. Vancouver 1941 As the war rages around the world, Hitler's fury is yet to be felt on the peaceful shores of Mayne Island. Sweethearts Hayden and Chidori are in love. But everything changes after Pearl Harbor. Now seen as the enemy, Chidori and her family are forced into an internment camp. Powerless to help them, Hayden joins the air force to bring about an end to this devastating war - the thought of Chidori is all that keeps him alive. Can they both survive long enough to be reunited? Or will the war be the only thing to separate their love? Readers adore All We Left Behind: 'A story crying out to be told' Mary Martel, Netgalley 'From the very first chapter I was hooked' Whitney Wenthold, Netgalley 'This is another WWII novel with a bit of a twist... a story of friendship, love, heartbreak and so much more' Pam, Netgalley 'Fabulous, gripping historical fiction...I am glad that I was able to come away from this novel learning something new about this time in history' Rachel Fox, Netgalley 'Gripping from start to finish...A must read for WWII fiction fans!' Sydney Long, Goodreads 'An amazing story that will stick with me...historic fiction done right' Stephanie Showmaker, Netgalley 'Historical fiction at its best' Abby Siverman, Netgalley

Dangerous Freedom

Dangerous Freedom

Author: Lawrence Scott Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 04/05/2020

This radical and moving historical novel weaves fact with fiction to reveal the great deception exercised by the powerful on a mixed race child born in the late 18th century and brought up in the London home of England's Lord Chief Justice. Dido Belle was the daughter of an African-born slave and the sea-faring nephew of Lord Mansfield. She was freed only on Mansfield's death and became Elizabeth D'Aviniere on her marriage. Scott imagines Elizabeth's adult world where she reflects on her disturbed childhood and fears for her own children's safety at risk from slave catchers. Above all, she yearns for her lost mother. Why did she no longer write? Had she, too, been recaptured? The novel builds to a powerful denouement as the events of Elizabeth's past engage with the traumas of her present.

The Strange Adventures of H

The Strange Adventures of H

Author: Sarah Burton Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 01/05/2020

An Eye of the Fleet A Nathaniel Drinkwater Novel

An Eye of the Fleet A Nathaniel Drinkwater Novel

Author: Richard Woodman Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 01/05/2020

Nathaniel Drinkwater's life at sea begins with the HMS CYCLOPS' capture of the SANTA TERESA during Admiral Rodney's dramatic Moonlight Battle of 1780. Subsequently, Drinkwater's courage and initiative are put to the test as the CYCLOPS pursues American privateers threatening British trade and is later dispatched to the swamps of South Carolina, where many lives are lost both at sea and ashore. Gradually, Drinkwater matures into a capable and self-assured sailor. As he contends with enemy forces, the tyranny of the CYCLOPS's midshipman, and the stark contrast between the comfort of home life and the brutality of naval service, he finds strength and sustenance in the love of his beloved Elizabeth.