Historical Fiction

The Governess, by Wendy Holden

A retelling of Queen Elizabeth and Princess Margaret’s childhood, from the perspective of their governess, Marion Crawford.

Book Review: The Governess, Wendy Holden

The Queen’s Rival

Set in England 1459, it tells the War of the Roses through the eyes of Cecily Neville

Book Review: The Queen’s Rival by Anne O’Brian


Set in Ancient Greece, starting with a retelling of the tale of the Minotaur and following the daughters of Minos, King of Crete forwards in their adventures.

Book Review: Ariadne by Jennifer Saint

The Boleyn Inheritance

A book about Anne of Cleves, Jane Boleyn and Katherine Howard, navigating the court of Henry VIII and his many marriages.

Book Review: The Boleyn Inheritance by Philippa Gregory

The Pull Of The Stars

Set in 1918 Dublin during the influenza pandemic.

Book Review: The Pull Of The Stars by Emma Donoghue

Animal Farm

Set on a Farm in England in a time unspecified, this tale of animals taking their freedom and running their own lives is a re-telling of the russian revolution, but much easier to follow.

Book Review: Animal Farm, by George Orwell

Nobody’s Princess

Set in Ancient Greece, a retelling of the childhood of Helen of Troy

Book Review: ‘Nobody’s Princess’ and ‘Nobody’s Prize’ by Esther Friesner

Nobody’s Prize

Following on from Nobody’s Princess, this book continues the journey of Helen of Sparta interwoven with the story of The Golden Fleece

Book Review: ‘Nobody’s Princess’ and ‘Nobody’s Prize’ by Esther Friesner

Bridgerton: The Duke And I, by Julia Quinn

A book set in 1813 London about a scheme hatched between a society lady seeking a husband, and a duke seeking no wife.

Bridgerton: The Duke and I, by Julia Quinn

The Other Boleyn Girl, by Phillipa Gregory

Set in the Tudor Court, it follows Anne Boleyns rise and fall through the eyes of her sister Mary.

Book Review: The Other Boleyn Girl, by Phillipa Gregory

How To Stop Time, by Matt Haig

Set at staggered times between Elizabethan England and current day London, this book follows Tom Hazard, a gentleman who only ages a year a decade.

Book Review: How To Stop Time by Matt Haig

The Song Of Achilles, by Madeline Miller

Set in Ancient Greece, this book follows Patroclus companion of Achilles through their boyhood, their studies and eventually to the beaches of Troy

Book Review: The Song Of Achilles by Madeline Miller

The Familiars

Set in Lancashire, 1612, the book is set around the true story of the Pendle Witch Trials

The Familiars, by Stacey Halls; Book Review

Katherine, Tudor Duchess

A book which follows the life of Katherine Willoughby, the Duchess of Suffolk, who witnessed the rise and fall of Henry VIII’s six wives and his three children.

Book Review: Katherine, Tudor Duchess by Tony Riches

The Downstairs Girl

Set in 1890’s Atlanta, this book tells the story of chinese american Jo, who leads a double life as an advice columnist

Book Review: The Downstairs Girl by Stacey Lee

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