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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!

From the Mouth of the Whale

From the Mouth of the Whale

Author: Sjon Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 07/11/2019

Shortlisted for The International IMPAC Dublin Literary Prize 2013 Shortlisted for the Independent Foreign Fiction Prize 2012 'Sjon's novels are brilliant collisions of history and fable, psychology and fantasy' Chris Power, Guardian The year is 1635. Iceland is a world darkened by superstition, poverty and cruelty. Men of science marvel over a unicorn s horn, poor folk worship the Virgin in secret and both books and men are burnt. Jonas Palmason, a poet and self-taught healer, has been condemned to exile for heretical conduct, having fallen foul of the local magistrate. Banished to a barren island, Jonas recalls his exorcism of a walking corpse on the remote Snjafjoell coast, the frenzied massacre of innocent Basque whalers at the hands of local villagers, and the deaths of three of his children. From the Mouth of the Whale is a magical evocation of an enlightened mind and a vanished age.

In Love with George Eliot

In Love with George Eliot

Author: Kathy O'Shaughnessy Format: Hardback Release Date: 07/11/2019

Who was the real George Eliot? In Love with George Eliot is a glorious debut novel which tells the compelling story of England's greatest woman novelist as you've never read it before. Marian Evans is a scandalous figure, living in sin with a married man, George Henry Lewes. She has shocked polite society, and women rarely deign to visit her. In secret, though, she has begun writing fiction under the pseudonym George Eliot. As Adam Bede's fame grows, curiosity rises as to the identity of its mysterious writer. Gradually it becomes apparent that the moral genius Eliot is none other than the disgraced woman living with Lewes. Now Evans' tremendous celebrity begins. The world falls in love with her. She is the wise and great writer, sent to guide people through the increasingly secular, rudderless century, and an icon to her progressive feminist peers - with whom she is often at odds. Public opinion shifts. Her scandalous cohabitation seems forgiven. But this idyll is not secure and cannot last. When Lewes dies, Evans finds herself in danger of shocking the world all over again. Meanwhile, in another rudderless century, two women compete to arrive at an interpretation of Eliot as writer and as woman ... Everyone who has thrilled at being shown the world anew by George Eliot will thrill again at her presence, complex and compelling, here.

The Tenth Muse

The Tenth Muse

Author: Catherine Chung Format: Hardback Release Date: 07/11/2019

'The Tenth Muse is as ambitious and intriguing as the complex math problems Katherine, the protagonist of this remarkable novel, aims to solve. In this novel - the scope of which is staggering - Chung has crafted a story that is moving, elegant and richly written. Her prose, as it unfolds, becomes an elusive equation readers will yearn to solve' Roxane Gay From childhood, Katherine knows she is different, and that her parents are not who they seem to be. But in becoming 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. The Tenth Muse is a brilliant, involving novel asking questions about who gets to tell the story of intellectual endeavour, and about those who lost everything during World War II. Praise for The Tenth Muse 'Arresting in scope and its treatment of time, its prose at turns crystalline and richly balletic, this story pulls puzzle from puzzle - human, historical and all too contemporary' Helen Oyeyemi 'A deft, spellbinding emotional puzzle-box of a book' Tea Obreht

Diary of a Jewish Girl

Diary of a Jewish Girl

Author: Saulius Saltenis Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 01/11/2019

The Diary of a Jewish Girl tells the story of Esther Levinsonaite, a Jewish girl in occupied Lithuania during World War Two and the immediate post-war years. Naked and bloody, having dug herself from a mass grave, Esther drags herself to the house Vladas and Milda on their wedding night. The two teachers take the girl in, sheltering her through the troubles. It is also the story of a luxurious sofa, in which, before the war, Esther hid her diary. The novel is an exploration of a commitment to living a happy life, despite the madness and danger of the world. It is a novel about resurrection both physical and spiritual. It's a story of strength, courage and the victory of the weak. And of the stubbornness of resistance.

Strangers in a Stranger Land How One Country's Jews Fought an Unwinnable War alongside Nazi Troops... and Survived

Strangers in a Stranger Land How One Country's Jews Fought an Unwinnable War alongside Nazi Troops... and Survived

Author: John B. Simon Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 01/11/2019

What did it feel like to be an openly Jewish soldier fighting alongside German troops in WWII? Could a Jewish nurse work safely in a field hospital operating theater under the supervision of German army doctors? Several hundred members of Finland's tiny Jewish community found themselves in absurd situations like this, yet not a single one was harmed by the Germans or deported to concentration or extermination camps. In fact, Finland was the only European country fighting on either side in WWII that lost not a single Jewish citizen to the Nazi's Final Solution. Strangers in a Stranger Land explores the unique dilemma of Finland's Jews in the form of a meticulously researched novel. Where did these immigrant Jews-the last in Europe to achieve citizenship status-come from? What was life like from their arrival in Finland in the early nineteenth century to the time when their grandchildren perversely found themselves on the wrong side of WWII? And how could young lovers plan for the future when not only their enemies but also their country's allies threatened their very existence? Seven years researching Finland's National Archives plus numerous in-depth interviews with surviving Finnish Jewish war veterans provide the background for a narrative exploration of love, friendship, and commitment but also uncertainty and terror under circumstances that were unique in the annals of The Good War. The novel's protagonists-Benjamin, David and Rachel-adopt varying survival strategies as they struggle with involvement in a brutal conflict and questions posed by their dual loyalty as Finnish citizens and Zionists committed to the creation of a Jewish homeland. Tensions mount as the three young adults painfully work through a relationship love triangle and try to fulfill their commitments as both Jews and Finns while their country desperately seeks to extricate itself from an unwinnable war.

Southern Son The Saga of Doc Holliday

Southern Son The Saga of Doc Holliday

Author: Victoria Wilcox Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 01/11/2019

You've heard Doc Holliday's history, but do you know his story? His name conjures images of the Wild West, of gunfights and gambling halls and a legendary friendship with Wyatt Earp, but before Doc Holliday was a Western legend, he was a Southern Son. The story begins in Civil War Georgia, as young John Henry Holliday welcomes home his heroic father and learns a terrible secret about his mother, with his only confidant his favorite cousin Mattie. As the Confederacy falls and tragedy strikes, John Henry's hero-worship turns to bitter anger and he joins with a gang of vigilantes to chase the Reconstruction Yankees out of their small Georgia town. When their murderous plot is discovered and brings threats of military prison, he vows to change his reckless ways, leaving home to attend dental school in Philadelphia and hoping to become a respected professional man worthy of asking for his cousin Mattie's hand. But when he returns from two years in the North he finds family intrigues, lies and revelations, rivals for Mattie's affections-and a violent encounter that changes everything and starts him on the road to Western legend. Southern Son is the first book in the award-winning Saga of Doc Holliday, an epic American tale of heroes and villains, dreams lost and found, families broken and reconciled, of sin and recompense and the redeeming power of love.

Dead Man's Hand The Saga of Doc Holliday

Dead Man's Hand The Saga of Doc Holliday

Author: Victoria Wilcox Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 01/11/2019

You've heard Doc Holliday's history, but do you know his story? Dead Man's Hand brings John Henry Holliday to Tombstone, Arizona, the richest silver boomtown in the country, where he's caught up in a secretive plot to stop a gang of cattle rustlers and stage robbers before they start a threatened war with Mexico. When suspicions rise and tempers ignite, the plot turns into a war between cowboys and lawmen, and he becomes a player in the most famous street fight in the Wild West. The aftermath brings retribution and a reckoning that sends John Henry and his friend Wyatt Earp fleeing for their lives, but a hoped-for sanctuary in Colorado is broken by legal battles that attract national newspaper coverage and hired guns hoping for a moment of fame against the infamous Doc Holliday. He can never return to the life he once knew, and as the mountain altitude and illness take their toll, he is forced to turn to the one person he thought he'd never see again. And with luck, he'll have one last chance to prove himself as the Southern gentleman he was raised to be. Dead Man's Hand is the final book in the award-winning Saga of Doc Holliday, an epic American tale of heroes and villains, dreams lost and found, families broken and reconciled, of sin and recompense and the redeeming power of love.

The First Lady and the Rebel

The First Lady and the Rebel

Author: Susan Higginbotham Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 01/11/2019

Dance with the Devil The Saga of Doc Holliday

Dance with the Devil The Saga of Doc Holliday

Author: Victoria Wilcox Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 01/11/2019

You've heard Doc Holliday's history, but do you know his story? Dance with the Devil is the story of a how a gentleman becomes an outlaw, how an outlaw becomes a lawman, and how a Southern son named John Henry becomes a legend called Doc Holliday. The year is 1873, and the West is wild. Jesse James and his gang are robbing trains, the Sioux Indians are on the warpath, and Dr. John Henry Holliday arrives in Texas as a young man with a troubled past hoping to regain his place as a Southern gentleman and win back the love of the girl he left behind. But his life in the West doesn't turn out the way he's planned, and soon he's in trouble with the law and facing a terrifying truth as desperation drives him toward the frontier and leads to deadly action. And as the story races from the gambling halls of Dallas to the saloons of Dodge City and the dangers of the Santa Fe Trail, John Henry finds a new love affair and a new hero to follow-and an old enemy eager for a reckoning. Dance with the Devil is the second book in the award-winning Saga of Doc Holliday, an epic American tale of heroes and villains, dreams lost and found, families broken and reconciled, of sin and recompense and the redeeming power of love.

Beyond The Rice Fields

Beyond The Rice Fields

Author: Naivo Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 31/10/2019

A View Across the Rooftops An epic, heart-wrenching and gripping World War Two historical novel

A View Across the Rooftops An epic, heart-wrenching and gripping World War Two historical novel

Author: Suzanne Kelman Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 31/10/2019

Would you risk your life to save just one person? An incredible story of love, hope and friendship, and a testament to humanity and courage in history's darkest days. 1941, Nazi-occupied Amsterdam. Professor Josef Held has never recovered from the loss of his beloved wife - and has no intention of ever letting anyone new into his quiet, safe world. It is a world where the clock ticks steadily in his mathematics classroom, where every equation has a solution. Every day he walks the same route home, past his neighbour Mrs Epstein's, to a home inhabited only by him and a cat he refuses to even name. But then the Nazis come for the Jews - and Mrs Epstein is killed. And Josef, in an impulsive act of courage, offers his student Michael Blum a place to hide. Michael is everything Josef is not: spontaneous, poetic, and unafraid to love. Even though his passionate relationship with a Dutch girl called Elke strictly is forbidden by the Nazis - for he is Jewish, and she is not. Desperate to give Michael and Elke's love a chance to survive, Josef gives him refuge in his attic: an act of bravery and resistance that will change both of their lives. But as the dark days of war continue, with danger and betrayal at every turn, no-one can be trusted, and no one is safe. If Michael is going to get back to the woman he loves, it is down to Josef - to find the hero inside himself, and do whatever it takes to keep Michael alive. A heartbreakingly beautiful story about love, trust and courage against the odds, perfect for fans of The Tattooist of Auschwitz, Lilac Girls and The Nightingale.

The Photographer of the Lost

The Photographer of the Lost

Author: Caroline Scott Format: Hardback Release Date: 31/10/2019

Until she knows her husband's fate, she cannot decide her own... An epic novel of forbidden love, loss, and the shattered hearts left behind in the wake of World War I `Beautiful, unflinching, elegiac: The Photographer of the Lost is going to be on an awful lot of Best Books of the Year lists, mine included . . . it's unforgettable' Iona Grey, bestselling author of The Glittering Hour 1921. Families are desperately trying to piece together the fragments of their broken lives. While many survivors of the Great War have been reunited with their loved ones, Edie's husband Francis has not come home. He is considered `missing in action', but when Edie receives a mysterious photograph taken by Francis in the post, hope flares. And so she begins to search. Harry, Francis's brother, fought alongside him. He too longs for Francis to be alive, so they can forgive each other for the last things they ever said. Both brothers shared a love of photography and it is that which brings Harry back to the Western Front. Hired by grieving families to photograph gravesites, as he travels through battle-scarred France gathering news for British wives and mothers, Harry also searches for evidence of his brother. And as Harry and Edie's paths converge, they get closer to a startling truth. An incredibly moving account of an often-forgotten moment in history, The Photographer of the Lost tells the story of the thousands of soldiers who were lost amid the chaos and ruins, and the even greater number of men and women desperate to find them again. Caroline Scott is a freelance writer and historian specializing in WWI and women's history. The Photographer of the Lost is partially inspired by her family history. `What a stunningly beautiful book this is. Caroline Scott evokes the trenches of WWI and the heartache of the postwar period as vividly as if she had lived it herself . . . this is a powerful, redemptive novel, one that teaches us not only about history, but about our capacity for love. I could not put it down' Abigail DeWitt, author of News of Our Loved Ones `A beautiful, tender novel which explores the aftermath of the Great War, and the shattered lives left behind. Written with gorgeous prose and a cast of memorable characters, this is a stunning debut which had me spellbound from the first page to the last' Hazel Gaynor, New York Times bestselling author of The Lighthouse Keeper's Daughter