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Historical Fiction

You can view our entire archive of book reviews further down the page, or go direct to your preferred genre using the list below. If you would like to submit a book review of your own to be considered for publication, you can do so here.

Canticle by Liz McSkeane
Posted by Swirl and Thread in , .

I did not ask for this commission, I do not want it and yet, here I am. I still do not understand what has persuaded me or whether, having agreed...

Life After Life by Kate Atkinson
Posted by Kate Vickers in .

Life After Life is a beautifully wrought, unique novel that blends the concept of continuous reincarnation into an outstanding work of historical fiction. The reader experiences the tumultuous period of...

Blood Song by Johana Gustawsson
Posted by Swirl and Thread in , , .

‘Although the characters who live and die in these pages are the figment of my writerly imagination, the experiences they endure are rooted in the terrible truth of a dark,...

You’ll Never See Me Again by Lesley Pearse
Posted by Swirl and Thread in , .

Lesley Pearse is a much-loved storyteller for many reasons. In the UK alone a Lesley Pearse book is purchased EVERY 4 minutes, with her tales packed with characters that her...

Meet Me in Monaco by Hazel Gaynor & Heather Webb
Posted by Swirl and Thread in , .

‘Each scent holds a mystery, its own story. That was the first lesson Papa taught me. “To be a parfumeur is to be a detective Sophie”I would inhale and be...

A Single Thread by Tracy Chevalier
Posted by Swirl and Thread in , .

‘Courage can be found in the unlikeliest of places’  A Single Thread is the latest novel from international bestselling author, Tracy Chevalier. Described as ‘warm, vivid and beautifully orchestrated’, it is published...

The Nanny at Number 43 by Nicola Cassidy
Posted by Swirl and Thread in , .

‘Be Careful Who You Let Into Your Home.’ When blogger and writer Nicola Cassidy took a local history tour of her home town in Drogheda, Co. Louth she had no...

Kilbride House by Sheila Forsey
Posted by Swirl and Thread in , .

Kilbride House is the latest novel from Irish writer Sheila Forsey. Instilled with a passion for Irish culture and history from a young age, Kilbride House is Sheila Forsey’s debut into historical fiction....

Anna of Kleve, Queen of Secrets by Alison Weir
Posted by Swirl and Thread in , .

Anna of Kleve – A German Princess with a guilty secret  Anna of Kleve, Queen of Secrets, is the fourth novel in the Six Tudor Queens series by renowned historian Alison Weir...

The Liberty Girls by Fiona Ford
Posted by Swirl and Thread in , .

Amid the hardship of war, friends will become their family. The Liberty Girls is the second book in the Liberty Girls series, following on from the charming first book, Christmas at Liberty’s and is set...