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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.
Another thoroughly enjoyable saga from one of the best in this genre. A real page turner.
This begins ‘The Brides of Fortune’ trilogy, a sexy Regency romance laced with murder and dominated by an extraordinary new local tax law in Yorkshire – one that requires all unmarried women to forfeit half their wealth. Naturally a lot of young men hurry to Yorkshire seeking wealthy, desperate brides. Our heroine, recently widowed Laura, has no intention of marrying again … Comparison: Anne Gracie, Gaelen Foley, Jillian Hunter.
Runner-up for the People's Book Prize for Fiction 2012. Set during the extraordinary historical events of the First Crusade this is an original and compelling debut full of mystery, betrayal, secrecy, romance, humour and suspense. Like Dan Brown’s adventures this one is also on the hunt for the Holy Grail and is also a cracking good story but unlike the Dan Brown this one provides an element of literary learning too. Clashes of good and evil as well as clashes of religion is commonplace as a group of desperate Oxford Dons retell the story of Hugh de Verdon, monk turned knight who sets out to uncover the truth behind the Holy Grail. September 2010 Debut of the Month. The second book in the series, The Flowers of Evil, can be viewed by clicking here. The Waste Land was runner-up for the People's Book Prize for Fiction 2012. Simon Acland's non-fiction book, Angels, Dragons and Vultures was also runner-up for the People's Book Prize for Non-Fiction.
Adventure, passion, betrayal, secrets, blood and violence, this is a hell of a read. ‘Spartacus for Girls’ about a Jewish slave girl and a Roman Gladiator, it is terrific stuff. I haven’t been this excited about a first novel since The Russian Concubine. You need to steal time to read it for you really cannot put it down, and nor should you. Comparison: Anita Diamant (The Red Tent), Kate Furnivall (The Russian Concubine), Diana Gabaldon.
July 2010 Good Housekeeping selection. The Pindar Diamond by Kat ie Hickman is an enjoyable mystery entwining the talesof a dissolute merchant and a freed harem slave.
Featured on The TV Book Club on More4 on 25 July 2010. Shortlisted for the inaugural Walter Scott Prize for historical fiction 2010. A brilliantly plotted novel tracing back through John Stones’s life in three distinct segments allowing the reader to slowly unravel the mystery behind John’s death at the beginning of the novel. An exceptional book, both fascinating and gripping.
Featured on The Book Show on Sky Arts on 27 May 2010. Joseph O’Connor, best known for his award winning (and Richard and Judy selected) Star of the Sea, has written, in Ghost Light an exhilarating, passionate and uplifting tale of love and loss. Based loosely on real events and set in an Edwardian Dublin and a teeming and seedy Manhattan in the 1920’s, we follow the love affair of the genius Irish playwright J M Synge and rising starlet Molly Allgood, just 19 to his 31.
The second Hew Cullan mystery finds the young lawyer feeling disillusioned with the law but a move to Edinburgh turns things around when love and murder both cross his path. An appealing new historical crime series with an intriguing lead character.
July 2010 Good Housekeeping selection. The Confession of Katherine Howard by Suzanah Dunn (Harper Press) tells the story of this ill-fated teenage queen as she is thrust into the wealth and terror of Henry VIII’s court. Be lured into the heady world of gamblers, courtesans and convents in 17th-century Venice.
Making Shore is a hugely accomplished debut novel from a small Scottish publisher. It's beautifully written with incredibly well-drawn characters who you really care about and you can even hear and smell the sights and sounds of wartime Atlantic. You feel the desperation but also the incredible determination and heroism of 19 year old merchant seaman Brian Clarke. This unforgettable and gripping novel takes its inspiration from reminiscences of merchant seaman Brian Clarke. A survivor of the Sithonia sinking, Brian, 86, was keen to highlight the great risks taken by Merchant Navy sailors to support the military war effort and keep supply lines open across the vast expanse of the Atlantic. Being based on a true event from the second World War this book is a port hole through which you can view a crucial part of WWII."Brian is an old family friend and though I had always been aware that he had survived a terrible ordeal during the war, I had no idea of its extraordinarily rich potential as the basis for a novel," explained Sara Allerton."In consequence, we had many long and detailed conversations about his experiences and in writing Making Shore, I tried to capture the essence of Brian’s story and weave together its horrors with the emotional drama it inspired in me.”
June 2010 Debut of the Month. A rich and compelling tale of love, ambition, lust, and intrigue and a great insight into how women were used as pawns in the scheme of things in the families who aspired to rule England in the 15th century. It is the story of Anne Neville, a woman of extraordinary determination and desire who lived at the very centre of the most exciting and glamorous court in Europe and survived by following her own heart. Well written, well researched and well worth a read. Comparison: Philippa Gregory, Alison Weir, Christie Dickason.
Once Upon a Time…
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?
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