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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 Courier by Kjell Ola Dahl
Posted by Swirl and Thread in , , .

‘Ester can see part of her father’s face through the bars on the window. The hairline, the fringe over his forehead and the top of his glasses. That is when...

The Lighthouse Keeper’s Daughter by Hazel Gaynor
Posted by Dymphna Nugent in , .

The courage of women is celebrated in Hazel Gaynor’s latest novel The Lighthouse Keeper’s Daughter. In 1838, Grace Darling, real life heroine of the Farne Islands and daughter of the...

The Burning Chambers by Kate Mosse
Posted by Swirl and Thread in , .

Old secrets cast long shadows…  Oh, how excited was I when I heard Kate Mosse had returned with a new series set in the Languedoc region of France. I absolutely...

The Binding by Bridget Collins
Posted by Swirl and Thread in , , .

Imagine you could erase your grief. Imagine you could forget your pain. Imagine you could hide a secret. Forever…..   I really do not know how to start and finish with...

The Key by Kathryn Hughes
Posted by Swirl and Thread in , .

A hidden note. A lost love. A second chance. The Key, published by Headline Review, is a fictional novel but is inspired by Kathryn Hughes visit to Denbigh Asylum in North...

By Royal Appointment by A. O’ Connor
Posted by Swirl and Thread in , .

By Royal Appointment is the latest novel from bestselling Irish author A. O’ Connor and is a slight departure for him, as it is his first fictionalised account of real events....

The Witches of St Petersburg by Imogen Edwards-Jones
Posted by Swirl and Thread in , .

Oh my! What a book! What a tale! The Witches of St Petersburg is a book that is filled with both fact and fiction, as we are taken on a fascinating historical...

A Column of Fire by Ken Follett
Posted by Kate Vickers in , .

A Column of Fire is the third and, presumably, final book in Ken Follett’s Kingsbridge saga – a trilogy that has taken us from the humble 12th century beginnings of...

The Flight of the Wren by Orla McAlinden
Posted by Swirl and Thread in , .

Inspired by true events, The Flight of the Wren is a novel by Orla McAlinden and is just published by Red Stag (Mentor Books Ltd). Mixing fact with fiction, this novel, for...

Becoming Belle by Nuala O’Connor
Posted by Helena Mulkerns in , .

In this, the second literary foray into Victorian times for Nuala O’Connor, the author has created a splendid, loveable heroine who brings to life the spirit of an age.  In...