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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.
1450s France. A young Englishman, Tom Swan, is kneeling in the dirt, waiting to be killed by the French who've taken him captive. He's not a professional soldier. He's really a merchant and a scholar looking for remnants of Ancient Greece and Rome - temples, graves, pottery, fabulous animals, unicorn horns. But he also has a real talent for ending up in the midst of violence when he didn't mean to. Having used his wits to escape execution, he begins a series of adventures that take him to street duels in Italy, meetings with remarkable men - from Leonardo Da Vinci to Vlad Dracula - and from the intrigues of the War of the Roses to the fall of Constantinople. There are three books in this mini series starting with Castillion, then Venice and finally Constantinople. Click here to read an article by Christian Cameron on why he wrote Tom Swan. Click here to read an extract from this book.
The author of three hard-hitting financial thrillers takes a fresh direction in this heart-warming story of love, across a seemingly impossible divide. Set in a 1940's mining village, full of interesting characters, where the passion for racing pigeons unites all the men and is an unbreakable bond for widower Dan Pugh and his brain damaged daughter Bethan. Full of humour and humanity, this tale, confronts the reader with one of the most elemental mysteries of the planet and offers a most original solution. Available in hardback and also as a kindle ebook.
The ultimate historical adventure novel: the life of Alexander the Great in a single, epic volume. The combination of Alexander's short, yet extraordinary, 33 year life story and Christian Cameron's unrivaled skills as an historian and storyteller will ensure that this will not only be the definitive version for many years to come, but also one of the most exciting historical epics ever written.
The Templar Legion is a historical conspiracy thriller that will have readers on the edge of their seats as John Holliday's search for the truth about the Templar Order continues. The Templar Legion is the gripping fourth novel from Paul Christopher, the acclaimed author of The Templar Throne and The Templar Cross . The hunter becomes the hunted. Army Ranger Lt. Col. John Holliday continues his quest to uncover the mysterious secrets of the ancient Templar Order, an organisation renowned for its incredible wealth and hidden power. He is swept into an adventure as deadly as it is secretive when an archaeologist friend makes a bizarre find in Ethiopia. But when he follows a trail of clues through the chaotic and lawless horn of Africa, he finds himself hunted by a ruthless foe, as he comes closer and closer to a priceless treasure ...an ancient artefact that can only be found by those who can solve a riddle from the past. His pursuers will stop at nothing...
Meticulous research and a fast paced plot brings the court of Henry VIII, at the time of his battle with the Pope over his divorce from Catherine of Aragon, vividly and compellingly to life through the eyes of Lady in Waiting, Honor Larke. This is the first in a four part series that will be perfect for fans of Philippa Gregory.
October 2012 eBook of the Month. A beautiful, vividly written historical murder mystery based around the lives of a group of the 30,000 convict women shipped to Australia in the 1840s. The inspiration for this story came from a 3m sq quilt, called The Rajah Quilt, created by these women and consisting of 2,815 hand sown patchworks! Weaving death, love and adventure the evocative story will transport you to the sun-baked decks of the convict ship Rajah and into the lives of these extraordinary women.
A promising debut that we hope turns into an exciting Victorian spying and sleuthing series. 1884. An unexpected letter from the Prime Minister, Gladstone, sets Sir Roger Evesham on a deadly adventure in an attempt to foil a plot aimed at bringing down the British government.
A critical account of its own era, introducing many themes which would be developed in later works, Fitzgerald's first novel was an instant critical and commercial success, propelling him into the limelight as a literary celebrity. Baz Luhrmann's film adaptation of The Great Gatsby, starring Leonardo DiCaprio, opened the 66th Cannes Film Festival. A 'Piece of Passion' from Alessandro Gallenzi on the Alma Classics editions...'F. Scott Fitzgerald has been long a favourite of mine. Since I discovered The Great Gatsby at university, I have been avidly reading all of his work. I am particularly fond of some of his short stories, from ‘The Rich Boy’ (in All the Sad Young Men) to ‘The Diamond as Big as the Ritz’ and ‘The Curious Case of Benjamin Button’ (in Tales of the Jazz Age). I have poured all my passion and love for Fitzgerald’s work into these stylish editions, with front-cover illustrations by Art-Deco genius Georges Barbier, flaps, pictures and a wealth of extra material. These books are a publisher’s and a fan’s tribute to one of the greatest masters of world literature.'
Shortlisted for the Specsavers National Book Awards 'Popular Fiction of the Year' 2012. With characteristically meticulous research Cornwell’s new historical blockbuster weaves a complex story, epic in scope, that has as its climax the battle of Poitiers, the second but less well known decisive battle in the Hundred Years War. English archer Thomas of Hookton is ordered to find the mythical, and lost, sword of St Peter said to grant victory to whoever possesses it. The quest however, leads to a confrontation that sparks a must bigger conflict. Medieval history brought to life by a master storyteller.
October 2012 Book of the Month. The Girl You Left Behind is the title of a painting which is at the centre of this dual-time novel of World War I and the present. Painted by a young French soldier for his wife, it is her most treasured possession but it catches the attention of the occupying German Kommandant. Today that same painting is also the most treasured possession of a young English wife, having been a present from her recently deceased husband. Both women feel a link to their men through the painting and both have heart-breaking times beautifully portrayed by this very fine author, whom I have backed from the start. She's lovely. A few Lovereading members have been lucky enough to read this novel and have written reviews for us. Scroll down to see what they think... As you can see here at Lovereading we’re huge fans of Jojo but why not also check out what some of our readers thought about her earlier novel, Me Before You. A 'piece of passion' from the publisher... 'When I first read Me Before You I knew it was a very special book. A story that makes you fall in love, makes you sob your heart out and changes your view of the world is a powerful and beautiful story indeed, and that’s exactly why I loved this novel so much. When a book stays with you long after you’ve finished reading it, you know it is a real gem and Jojo Moyes has done it again – to our delight she has given us another precious gem in her new novel The Girl You Left Behind. I have once more fallen in love, sobbed my heart out and looked at the world in a new way. From occupied France during WWI to modern day London, this book swept me away. The Girl You Left Behind is a beautifully written, heartbreaking and utterly stunning novel and I hope you will love it as much as I do.'
In 1997 I read Ferney, a love story centred on reincarnation. Set in Somerset it was one of my favourite books of that year and remains so to today. Now we have its sequel. Set sixteen years later where Ferney and his love Gally may find each other again. How they do and what draws them back to their roots in a Somerset village is magically handled by this master storyteller. But there is one who remains from Gally's past, a man who will suffer badly by her reappearance and my heart bleeds for him. This is a beautiful story in its own right but read Ferney first and be truly enchanted. October 2012 Book of the Month. In a recent interview with The Bookseller, James Long explained that it had been a challenge writing a sequel to Ferney that would also work as a standalone novel for new readers. Long said that "you either bore people with the complexity of the scenario who already know about it, or you baffle them." Happily for us, after the first drafts, he hit upon a clever solution...
One of our Great Reads You May Have Missed in 2012. A beguiling and disturbing story set in 1871 New York where poverty and decadence are unhappy, but necessary bedfellows. Moth, the 12 year old central character, is sold into prostitution by an uncaring mother and as a virgin she holds the key to a mythical cure for all manner of sexually transmitted diseases. The lush descriptions by the author bring late 19C seedy New York to vivid life and make this an alluring read. October 2012 Book of the Month. A few Lovereading members have been lucky enough to get to read this novel ahead of publication. Scroll down to see what they think...
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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