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13 rue Therese by Elena Mauli Shapiro
13 rue Therese
Elena Mauli Shapiro
September 2011 eBook of the Month.A magical and wonderfully inventive story about passion. An American in Paris falls in love with two women, one of whom he can only imagine, in...
Format: Paperback - Released: 07/09/2011
1356 by Bernard Cornwell
1356
Bernard Cornwell
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...
Format: Hardback - Released: 27/09/2012
1356 by Bernard Cornwell
1356
Bernard Cornwell
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...
Format: Paperback - Released: 06/06/2013
1588: A Calendar of Crime A Novel in Five Books by Shirley McKay
1588: A Calendar of Crime A Novel in Five Books
Shirley McKay
December 2016 Book of the Month. St Andrews in the 16th century is once again brought to captivating vibrant life. With allegations of ghosts, witches, the Spanish Armada and high jinks, the year 1588 is full...
Format: Hardback - Released: 10/11/2016
1610: A sundial in the grave by Mary Gentle
1610: A sundial in the grave
Mary Gentle
You can view this as a fantasy novel – but it is also an alternative history of epic proportions. Set in the time of James I it involves assassins, demons and incorrigible women.
Format: Paperback - Released: 25/11/2004
1900: A Brand-new Century A London Girl's Diary, 1899-1900 by Carol Drinkwater
1900: A Brand-new Century A London Girl's Diary, 1899-1900
Carol Drinkwater
The diary of Flora Bonnington, London 1899-1900: 'A day slips away like sand in a sand glass and so we are caught up in this inevitable passage towards 1900. I bought a journal... it will record my journey into the...
Format: Paperback - Released: 05/04/2010
22 Britannia Road by Amanda Hodgkinson
22 Britannia Road
Amanda Hodgkinson
'Housekeeper or housewife?' the soldier asks Silvana as she and eight-year-old Aurek board the ship that will take them from Poland to England at the end of the war, to Janusz, her husband. But she isn't sure any longer that...
Format: Paperback - Released: 12/02/2011
22 Britannia Road by Amanda Hodgkinson
22 Britannia Road
Amanda Hodgkinson
In war we sometimes lose ourselves... It is 1946 and Silvana and eight-year-old Aurek board a ship that will take them from Poland to England. Silvana has not seen her husband Janusz in six years, but, they are assured, he...
Format: Paperback - Released: 02/02/2012
31 Bond Street by Ellen Horan
31 Bond Street
Ellen Horan
Based on a true story of mystery and intrigue in pre-Civil War New York. This novel is set against the background of bustling but corrupt New York City, just four years before the Civil War. The author intertwines two main...
Format: Paperback - Released: 03/02/2011
4 3 2 1 by Paul Auster
4 3 2 1
Paul Auster
A Maxim Jakubowski selected title. The contemporary magician of the post-modern and often quirky novel (maybe equalled by just Haruki Murakami) returns with a doorstepper at nearly 900 pages and apart from the initial concept,...
Format: Hardback - Released: 31/01/2017
A Bargain Struck by Liz Harris
A Bargain Struck
Liz Harris
A dramatic story of a ‘mail order wife’ in 19th century America when all a man really wants is someone to look after the homestead and give him a son. This fellow gets a disfigured woman who bares him a...
Format: Paperback - Released: 05/09/2013
A Blues for Shindig by Mo Foster
A Blues for Shindig
Mo Foster
A gritty examination of the underbelly of 1950s Soho. Gangsters, drugs, crime and sex provide the background to this novel set around an illegal drinking den populated by a host of colourful characters. It's certainly a far cry from the...
Format: Paperback (b Format) - Released: 02/06/2006
A Book for All and None by Clare Morgan
A Book for All and None
Clare Morgan
February 2012 Debut of the Month. A beautiful, haunting literary debut from an extraordinary new talent who we can see scooping future literary prizes. When you are the Director of the Creative...
Format: Paperback - Released: 16/02/2012
A Burnable Book by Bruce Holsinger
A Burnable Book
Bruce Holsinger
February 2014 Debut of the Month. A challenging, big, historical novel steeped in fact and really quite an excellent history lesson. It seems Geoffrey Chaucer has lost an important book that has...
Format: Hardback - Released: 30/01/2014
A Burnable Book by Bruce Holsinger
A Burnable Book
Bruce Holsinger
A challenging, big, historical novel steeped in fact and really quite an excellent history lesson. It seems Geoffrey Chaucer has lost an important book that has been tampered with and its content is now treasonable. It contains a secret some...
Format: Paperback - Released: 28/08/2014
A Certain Age by Beatriz Williams
A Certain Age
Beatriz Williams
As decadent and scandalous as New York Society in the roaring twenties, A Certain Age will whisk you back to a time of Jazz, elegance, charm, and murder as only Beatriz Williams can. The world is slowly recovering...
Format: Paperback - Released: 14/07/2016
A Christmas to Remember by Katie Flynn
A Christmas to Remember
Katie Flynn
Sarah Broadhurst's view... There is such a comfort to reading one of Katie Flynn’s books, you know exactly what you are getting. You are in good hands right from the start. This one is set both in Norfolk and...
Format: Paperback - Released: 07/11/2013
A Country Road, A Tree by Jo Baker
A Country Road, A Tree
Jo Baker
Shortlisted for the Walter Scott Prize for Historical Fiction 2017. An enthralling work of literary fiction exploring Samuel Beckett’s life in Occupied France. It’s autumn, 1939 and a young writer has returned to Paris, and to Suzanne, his...
Format: Paperback - Released: 09/02/2017
A Court Affair by Emily Purdy
A Court Affair
Emily Purdy
Cleverly using the alleged love triangle of Elizabeth I, Robert Dudley and his wife Amy, Emily Purdy takes the reader on a passionate, treacherous and highly informative journey through life in 16th century England. Whether Amy died by fair means...
Format: Paperback - Released: 02/08/2012
A Cruel Fate by Lindsey Davis
A Cruel Fate
Lindsey Davis
Based on real events in the English Civil War, Lindsey Davis retells the grim tale of Captain Smith's abuse of power in Oxford prison - where many died in misery though a lucky few survived. A Quick Reads 2014 title.
Format: Paperback - Released: 03/02/2014
A Cruel Necessity by L. C. Tyler
A Cruel Necessity
L. C. Tyler
A Maxim Jakubowski selected title. Len Tyler has, until now, been best known for his humorous Ethelred and Elsie series, in which a mid-list crime writer and his intrepid agent solved perky...
Format: Hardback - Released: 06/11/2014
A Cruel Necessity by L. C. Tyler
A Cruel Necessity
L. C. Tyler
Len Tyler has, until now, been best known for his humorous Ethelred and Elsie series, in which a mid-list crime writer and his intrepid agent solved perky crimes with aplomb. This, however, is another kettle of fish, the debut volume...
Format: Paperback - Released: 07/05/2015
A Dangerous Crossing by Rachel Rhys
A Dangerous Crossing
Rachel Rhys
April 2017 Debut of the Month. All aboard for an Agatha Christie-esque mystery set on a ship bound for the distant shores of Australia in 1939. As the world teeters on the edge of another war,...
Format: Hardback - Released: 23/03/2017
A Dangerous Inheritance by Alison Weir
A Dangerous Inheritance
Alison Weir
Two women separated by time are linked by the most famous murder mystery in history, the Princes in the Tower...
Format: Paperback - Released: 18/07/2013
A Dark and Distant Shore by Reay Tannahill
A Dark and Distant Shore
Reay Tannahill
Reay Tannahill’s epic and glorious saga finally gets a reissue. If you love long, gripping historical novels that cover generations then A Dark and Distant Shore is unmissable.
Format: Paperback - Released: 13/03/2014
A Dictionary of Mutual Understanding by Jackie Copleton
A Dictionary of Mutual Understanding
Jackie Copleton
Longlisted for the Baileys Women's Prize for Fiction 2016. Set against the dramatic backdrop of Nagasaki before and after the bomb, A Dictionary of Mutual Understanding is about regret, forgiveness and the exquisite pain of love.
Format: Hardback - Released: 16/07/2015
A Dictionary of Mutual Understanding by Jackie Copleton
A Dictionary of Mutual Understanding
Jackie Copleton
May 2016 Debut of the Month. Longlisted for the Baileys Women's Prize for Fiction 2016. A bittersweet, page-turning love story which jumps back and forth in time. It tells of a Japanese couple, Ameterasu and Kenzo,...
Format: Paperback - Released: 05/05/2016
A Flower That's Free by Sarah Harrison
A Flower That's Free
Sarah Harrison
Following on from the international bestseller The Flowers of the Field, A Flower That’s Free is an epic novel set amid the turbulence of the Second World War. Once again Sarah Harrison has written an engaging and complex story,...
Format: Paperback - Released: 11/07/2013
A Gentleman in Moscow by Amor Towles
A Gentleman in Moscow
Amor Towles
Maxim Jakubowski's March 2017 Book of the Month. Shortly after the Russian revolution, a White Russian count is spared execution because of a subversive poem he wrote defying authority before the fall of the Czar and...
Format: Hardback - Released: 09/02/2017
A Half-forgotten Song by Katherine Webb
A Half-forgotten Song
Katherine Webb
December 2012 Book of the Month. From the author of TV Book Club favourite The Legacy, comes an emotionally powerful story exploring the dark heart of love. Just before WW2 Mitzy...
Format: Paperback - Released: 26/03/2015
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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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