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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 Wreck

The Wreck

Author: Meg Keneally Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 15/10/2020

I will go with the men when they rise. Women hunger, and women die, so women must also fight. 1820, London. Sarah McCaffrey, fleeing arrest for her part in a failed rebellion, finds herself alone and on the run. She boards the Serpent, bound from London to the colony of New South Wales - and when the captain's reckless actions lead the ship to be dashed onto Sydney's notorious rocks, Sarah is the only survivor. Adopting a false identity, Sarah determines to make a new life for herself. She takes the first work she can find, under the formidable Molly Thistle, who runs a sprawling trade empire. Sarah begins to see that there is more than one way of changing the world, but her new life is thrown into chaos when her past follows her across the seas. The Wreck is a warm, intelligent and feminist novel, rich in history but deeply relevant to today's world.

Doing Time

Doing Time

Author: Jodi Taylor Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 15/10/2020

Introducing The Time Police, the brand-new series by international bestselling author, Jodi Taylor - an irresistible spinoff from the much-loved Chronicles of St Mary's series. Perfect reading for fans of Doctor Who, Terry Pratchett and Jasper Fforde. 'The best way to describe this book: lots of fun' British Fantasy Society 'Inventive and entertaining... a fast-paced and fun first book in what promises to be an excellent new series' Culturefly A long time ago in the future, the secret of time travel became known to all. Unsurprisingly, the world nearly ended. There will always be idiots who want to change history. Enter the Time Police. An all-powerful, international organisation tasked with keeping the timeline straight. At all costs. Their success is legendary. The Time Wars are over. But now they must fight to save a very different future - their own. This is the story of Jane, Luke and Matthew - the worst recruits in Time Police history. Or, very possibly, three young people who might change everything. DOING TIME is a five-star read!: 'I blooming well loved this book. Read start to finish in only a couple of sittings' ***** 'Excellent start to this St Mary's Chronicles spinoff series. There is Taylor's trademark humour, along with moments of real lump-in-the-throat poignancy' ***** 'Clever, witty, humourous, touching, emotional, just about everything anyone could want. Can't wait for the next one' ***** 'Another superb book from the pen of Jodi Taylor' ***** 'This book does not disappoint' *****

War Lord

War Lord

Author: Bernard Cornwell Format: Hardback Release Date: 15/10/2020

*THE 'LAST KINGDOM' COLLECTOR'S EDITION* Featuring a gold foil designed case - limited to the first print run. Pre-order your copy now. THE FINAL BATTLE AWAITS... The epic conclusion to the globally bestselling historical series, coming October 2020. England is under attack. Chaos reigns. Northumbria, the last kingdom, is threatened by armies from all sides, by land and sea - and only one man stands in their way. Torn between loyalty and sworn oaths, the warrior king Lord Uhtred of Bebbanburg faces his greatest ever battle - and prepares for his ultimate fate...

The Woman in Red

The Woman in Red

Author: Diana Giovinazzo Format: Hardback Release Date: 15/10/2020

Destiny toys with us all, but Anita Garibaldi is a force to be reckoned with. Forced into marriage at sixteen, Anita feels trapped in a union she does not want. But when she meets the leader of the Brazilian resistance, Giuseppe Garibaldi, in 1839, everything changes. Swept into a passionate affair with the idolized mercenary, Anita's life is suddenly consumed by the plight to liberate Southern Brazil--a struggle that would cost thousands of lives and span almost ten bloody years. Little did she know that this first taste of revolution would lead her to cross oceans, traverse continents, and alter the course of her life--and the world. At once an exhilarating adventure and an unforgettable love story, The Woman in Red is a sweeping, illuminating tale of the feminist icon who became one of the most revered historical figures in South America and Italy.

An Orphan in the Snow

An Orphan in the Snow

Author: Molly Green Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 13/10/2020

War rages, but the women and children of Liverpool's Dr Barnado's Home cannot give up hope. An Orphan in the Snow is the perfect heartwarming saga to curl up with this winter. LIVERPOOL, 1941 Haunted by the death of her sister, June Lavender takes a job at a Dr Barnardo's orphanage. June couldn't save Clara from their father's violence, but perhaps she can help children whose lives have been torn apart by war. A WORLD AT WAR When June bumps into Flight Lieutenant Murray Andrews on the bombed streets of Liverpool, the attraction is instant. But how can they think of love when war is tearing the world apart? A FIGHT FOR HOPE As winter closes in, and the war rages on, can June find the strength and courage to make a better life for herself and the children? A gripping story of love, friendship and hope in the darkest of places. Molly Green is an exciting new voice in saga fiction, perfect for fans of Nadine Dorries and Katie Flynn.

A Book of Secrets

A Book of Secrets

Author: Kate Morrison Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 13/10/2020

A Book of Secrets is the story of a woman named Susan Charlewood living in Elizabethan England. Born in what is now Ghana, Susan is enslaved by the Portuguese but later rescued by British sailors, who bring her to England. Once in England, she is raised and educated in an English Catholic household. When Susan comes of age, the family marry her off to an older Catholic man, John Charlewood. Charlewood runs a printing press and uses it to supply the Papist nobility with illegal Catholic texts and foment rebellion amongst the Catholic underclass. When Charlewood dies, Susan takes over the business and uses her new position to find out more about her origins. A look at racial relationships on the eve of the beginning of the transatlantic slave trade, A Book of Secrets is a revealing and compelling glimpse into a fraught time.

A Witch in Time

A Witch in Time

Author: Constance Sayers Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 08/10/2020

'Fresh and original' Louisa Morgan, author of A Secret History of Witches Four lives, one woman, a star-crossed love . . . In 1895, sixteen-year-old Juliet begins a passionate, doomed romance with a married artist. In 1932, aspiring actress Nora escapes New York for the bright lights of Hollywood and a new chance at love. In 1970, Californian musician Sandra's secret love affair threatens to tear her band apart. And in 2012, Helen is starting to remember the tragic details of lives that never belonged to her. Bound to her lover in 1895, and trapped by his side ever since, Helen has lived through multiple lifetimes, under different names, never escaping her tragic endings. Only this time, she might finally have the power to break the cycle . . . 'Absorbing, magical and hard to put down, A Witch in Time is a heartbreakingly beautiful story about a death-defying love, a time trapping curse and the power of destiny. 'A captivating tapestry of a tale' Gwendolyn Womack, bestselling author of The Fortune Teller 'Sayers weaves a spell of love, lust and magic to create a page-turner like no other' Steph Post, author of Miraculum 'Fans of Deborah Harkness will devour this page-turning tale of love, reincarnation, and dark magic. A highly unique and enjoyable read!' Hester Fox, author of The Witch of Willow Hall

A Telegram From Berlin

A Telegram From Berlin

Author: A. O'Connor Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 07/10/2020

1939 - As the clouds of war gather across Europe, senior diplomat Gabriel Ford is sent to London to outline the Irish government's intended policy of neutrality. While there, Gabriel, recently engaged and the son of a War of Independence hero, has his life thrown into turmoil when he meets a beautiful, mysterious woman, Karina Harper. Karina watched as a child as her magnificent home in Ireland was burned down by rebels and her family were driven out of the country. Now a secretary at the British Foreign Office she is using all her contacts as she desperately tries to rescue the man she loves from Nazi Germany. As war erupts and Karina is posted to Dublin, Gabriel risks everything for a scandalous affair with her. But, unknown to him, his own and Karina's families are linked by a terrible crime committed during Ireland's fight for independence. Gabriel and Karina become engaged. But is she all she seems? Is she using Gabriel's diplomatic status to rescue her true love trapped in wartime Germany? Is she pursuing Gabriel and his family for revenge for the crime committed by them in the past? Or does she in fact love him? As a Nazi victory in Europe looks imminent, Gabriel is being sent to Berlin by De Valera to try and avert a feared invasion of Ireland. Karina uses the opportunity to accompany him, to try find her old love. But as she and Gabriel board a plane for Berlin, Karina is hiding one more secret. And if discovered, this secret will ensure neither ever return.

A Single Thread

A Single Thread

Author: Tracy Chevalier Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 01/10/2020

FROM THE GLOBALLY BESTSELLING AUTHOR OF GIRL WITH A PEARL EARRING 'Bittersweet ... dazzling' Guardian 'Deeply pleasurable ... the ending made me cry' The Times 'Told with a wealth of detail and narrative intensity' Penelope Lively Violet is 38. The First World War took everything from her. Her brother, her fiance - and her future. She is now considered a 'surplus woman'. But Violet is also fiercely independent and determined. Escaping her suffocating mother, she moves to Winchester to start a new life -a change that will require courage, resilience and acts of quiet rebellion. And when whispers of another world war surface, she must live with a secret that could change everything...

Hitler's Peace

Hitler's Peace

Author: Philip Kerr Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 01/10/2020

A gripping alternative history thriller set in the Second World War, from the internationally acclaimed and bestselling author of the Bernie Gunther novels. Autumn 1943. Hitler knows he cannot win the war: now he must find a way to make peace. FDR and Stalin are willing to negotiate; only Churchill refuses to listen. The upcoming Allied Tehran conference will be where the next steps - whatever they are - will be decided. Into this nest of double- and triple-dealing steps Willard Mayer, OSS agent and FDR's envoy to the conference. His job is to secure the peace that the USA and Hitler now crave. The stakes couldn't be higher. Showcasing Philip Kerr's brilliant research and masterful plotting at its best, Hitler's Peace has never before been published in the UK and is a fitting coda to the career of one of the masters of the historical thriller.

The Brothers of Auschwitz

The Brothers of Auschwitz

Author: Malka Adler Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 01/10/2020

An extraordinary novel of hope and heartbreak, this is a story about a family separated by the Holocaust and their harrowing journey back to each other. My brother's tears left a delicate, clean line on his face. I stroked his cheek, whispered, it's really you... Dov and Yitzhak live in a small village in the mountains of Hungary, isolated both from the world and from the horrors of the war. But one day in 1944, everything changes. The Nazis storm the homes of the Jewish villagers and inform them they have one hour. One hour before the train will take them to Auschwitz. Six decades later, from the safety of their living rooms at home in Israel, the brothers finally break their silence to a friend who will never let their stories be forgotten. Narrated in a poetic style reminiscent of Margaret Atwood, Malka Adler has penned a visceral yet essential read for those who have found strength, solace and above all, hope, in books like The Choice by Edith Eger and The Librarian of Auschwitz by Antonio Iturbe. Praise for The Brothers of Auschwitz 'I sat down and read this within a few hours, my wife is now reading it and it is bringing tears to her eyes' Amazon reviewer 'The story is so incredible and the author writes so beautifully that it is impossible to stay indifferent' Amazon reviewer 'It is a book we all must read, read in order to know ... It is harsh, enthralling, earth-shattering, rattling - but we must. And nothing less' Aliza Ziegler, Editor-in-Chief at Proza Books, Yedioth Ahronoth Publishing House 'Great courage is needed to write as Adler does - without softening, without beautifying, without leaving any room to imagination' Yehudit Rotem, Haaretz-International New York Times 'This is a book we are not allowed not to read' Leah Roditi, At Magazine

Wolf Hall, Bring Up the Bodies and The Mirror and the Light

Wolf Hall, Bring Up the Bodies and The Mirror and the Light

Author: Hilary Mantel Format: Mixed media product Release Date: 01/10/2020

A boxed set of hardback editions of the bestselling and award winning trilogy: Wolf Hall, Bringing Up the Bodies and The Mirror & the Light Hilary Mantel's Wolf Hall Trilogy - Wolf Hall, Bring Up the Bodies and The Mirror & the Light - traces the life of Thomas Cromwell, the boy from nowhere who climbs to the heights of power in Henry VIII's Tudor England. It offers a defining portrait of predator and prey, of a ferocious contest between present and past, between royal will and a common man's vision: of a modern nation making itself through conflict, passion and courage.