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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.

The Emerald Affair by Janet MacLeod Trotter
Posted by Swirl and Thread in , .

The Emerald Affair is the first book of The Raj Hotel, a new series from writer Janet MacLeod Trotter. Published with Lake Union Publishing, it is described as ‘an evocative tale of life...

The Watsons by Rose Servitova
Posted by Swirl and Thread in , .

Over two hundred years ago, Jane Austen started writing The Watsons but it was never completed…until now. Irish writer Rose Servitova made a decision to pick up where Jane Austen left off...

A Great Beauty by A. O’Connor
Posted by Dymphna Nugent in , .

Irish writer A. O’Connor returns with A Great Beauty, a name which I absolutely despise because it diminishes the quality of the historical writing within. Finding success with previous titles...

A Great Beauty by A. O’Connor
Posted by Swirl and Thread in , .

Their relationship shocked London High Society and in Ireland was only spoken about in whispers – until now. Michael Collins – he was Ireland’s greatest hero. Lady Hazel Lavery –...

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...