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Rich and immersive, transporting and informative, good historical fiction is a sumptuous treat. See the past re-written with our Historical Fiction collection. Here to take you to another time without the cost of building a time machine.
Christian Jacq is pre-eminent in everything Egyptian in the historical sense. His bestselling Ramses series launched his career and now, in the first of a new four book series, in the temple of Abydos, an acacia tree is dying. Its death threatens all of Egypt. Can Iker and Sesostris, the weak young boy and the great man of power, succeed in preventing Osiris from dying for the last time, thereby saving Egypt? Comparisons: Paul Doherty
The Gleemaiden, similar to a minstrel, keeps a motley bunch amused on the road to Durham as a church bell needs transporting, but there is a sinister side to the journey too. In a gentle, fun tale with poignant moments and the brutality of the age, we conclude this medieval trilogy begun with The Bone-Pedlar, quite able to be read on its own..Comparisons: Ellis Peters, Tracy Chevalier, Sharon Penman.Similar this month: Will Davenport, Posie Graeme-Evans.
I am sure you will probably remember the epic love story, The Thorn Birds, Colleen McCulloughâ€™s memorable early novel set in Australia. Angel is a novel of excitement, adventure, laughter, passion and more than a little magic and it is definitely Colleen McCullough at her vintage best. It draws on her own experiences of living in Sydney in the 1960s and writing of a world that has long gone. Most of all, it is a tale of a woman's love for a child, and what she is prepared to endure to ensure her survival. Comparisons: Santa Montefiore, Jojo Moyes
This international thriller set in the art world is a stunning debut novel from a man who was named one of â€˜The Best of Young British Entreprenuersâ€™ â€“ just think Thomas Crown meets 007
The tale of a remarkable 1838 expedition of six sailing ships, 346 men and four years spent surveying 280 Pacific islandsal novel that is highly topical, taut, witty and entertaining
The second in the Chronicle of the Lazender family, however you would be forgiven if you couldn’t recall the 1st as it was published in 1983 by Cornwell’s pseudonym (Susannah Kells) click here for the 1st book A Crowning Mercy.
A coming of age novel set in war torn Europe which alternates between the stories of an unhappy member of the Hitler Youth Movement and a half Jewish girl in Paris
The sixth in his Matthew Hervey series, he of the Sixth Light Dragoons who now returns to the Peninsula in 1826 where the Spanish threaten and Hervey remembers his first taste of military action when he was a young cornet. This is well written, thrilling, adventure stuff packed with detail and incident. Comparisons: Patrick O’Brian, Bernard Cornwell, Julian Stockwin.Similar this month: Gerald Seymour.
We are very sorry but we have yet to review this book ourselves. However, as it has been selected for the Man Booker 2005 long list, we wanted to give you the opportunity to download an extract and let you make up your own mind. Please watch this space for our view of this potential prize winner.
Part of a series of ancient Greek whodunits from circa 3,300 BC. featuring of all people Aristotle!
The Da Vinci code, The Rule of Four: behind them all are the true ancient mysteries. This is one such, a 16th Century manuscript that still baffles the experts
A stark sad, tough and highly competent portrait of a lost Greek army retreating from the Turks in 1922. We loved it
With authors like the two-time Man Booker Prize winning Hilary Mantel among its illuminati, it’s no wonder that Historical Fiction is arguably more popular than ever. Follow the lives, loves, betrayals, deaths, trials-and-tribulations of those that went before us.
Whether you follow Sebastian Faulks and P.S Duffy to the hell and displacement of the Front in WWI, Philippa Gregory to the intrigue, immorality and perils of the court of Henry VIII, or get rocked on the high seas of the King’s Navy in Patrick O’Brien’s Master and Commander, there is a wealth of exceptional storytelling to dive headfirst into. Where will you let our time machine take you today?