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If your dad loves historical accounts of heroic battles and adventure tales, then why not treat him this Father's Day to some of our historical fiction. Any history fanatics will get lost in these brilliant stories!

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The Historical Fiction Dad

  • The Tattooist of Auschwitz

    Heather Morris

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    This powerful book tells the heartbreaking love story between Lale Sokolov, the tattooist of Auschwitz, and the woman he tattooed, Gita. Readers of Schindler's List and The Boy in the Striped Pyjamas will love this extraordinary story full of love, loyalty and friendship.

    In 1942, Lale arrived in Auschwitz-Birkenau and was given the job of tattooing the prisoners. Little did he know that scratching numbers into his fellow victims' arms would become one of the most potent symbols of the Holocaust.

    Waiting in line to be tattooed was a terrified young girl named Gita. And for Lale - a dandy, jack-the-lad, bit of a chancer - it was love at first sight. He was determined to not only survive himself, but to ensure Gita did too.
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  • The Miniaturist

    Jessie Burton

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    THE NUMBER ONE SUNDAY TIMES BESTSELLER There is nothing hidden that will not be revealed ...On an autumn day in 1686, eighteen-year-old Nella Oortman knocks at the door of a grand house in the wealthiest quarter of Amsterdam. She has come from the country to begin a new life as the wife of illustrious merchant trader Johannes Brandt, but instead she is met by his sharp-tongued sister, Marin. Only later does Johannes appear and present her with an extraordinary wedding gift: a cabinet-sized replica of their home. It is to be furnished by an elusive miniaturist, whose tiny creations mirror their real-life counterparts in unexpected ways ...Nella is at first mystified by the closed world of the Brandt household, but as she uncovers its secrets she realizes the escalating dangers that await them all. Does the miniaturist hold their fate in her hands? And will she be the key to their salvation or the architect of their downfall? Beautiful, intoxicating and filled with heart-pounding suspense, Jessie Burton's magnificent debut novel The Miniaturist is a story of love and obsession, betrayal and retribution, appearance and truth.
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  • Heads You Win

    Jeffrey Archer

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    Jeffrey Archer's Heads You Win is a page-turner set in Leningrad in Russia in 1968.

    From an early age it is clear that Alexander Karpenko is destined to lead his countrymen. But when his father is assassinated by the KGB for defying the state, Alexander and his mother will have to escape Russia if they hope to survive...
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  • The Burning Chambers

    Kate Mosse

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    From the multi-million, number one bestselling author of Labyrinth, The Burning Chambers is a gripping story of love and betrayal, mysteries and secrets, conspiracies and divided loyalties.

    Carcassonne 1562. Nineteen-year-old Minou Joubert receives an anonymous letter at her father's bookshop. Sealed with a distinctive family crest, it contains just five words: She knows that you live.

    But before Minou can decipher the mysterious message, a chance encounter with a young Huguenot convert, Piet Reydon, changes her destiny forever. For Piet has a dangerous mission of his own, and he will need Minou's help if he is to get out of La Cite alive...
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  • Alone in Berlin

    Hans Fallada

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    Berlin in 1940 is a city filled with fear. The various occupants of the house on 55 Jablonksi Strasse are trying to live under Nazi rule in extremely different ways. These residents are the bullying Hitler loyalists the Persickes, the retired judge Fromm and unassuming couple Otto and Anna Quangel, who receive the devastating news that their beloved son has been killed fighting in France. The Quangels are shocked out of their quiet existence by this news and begin a silent campaign of defence, entering into a deadly game of cat and mouse with ambitious Gestapo inspector Escherich. Petty criminals become involved and the Quangels find themselves involved in a web of deception, betrayal and murder. Alone in Berlin by Hans Fallada is an incredibly moving human story full of deceit and intrigue.

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  • The Corset

    Laura Purcell

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    'The Corset is a contender for my Book of the Year. Beautifully written, intricately plotted, a masterpiece' Sarah Hilary Is prisoner Ruth Butterham mad or a murderer? Victim or villain? Dorothea Truelove is young, wealthy and beautiful. Ruth Butterham is young, poor and awaiting trial for murder. When Dorothea's charitable work leads her to Oakgate Prison, she finds herself drawn to Ruth, a teenage seamstress - and self-confessed murderess - who nurses a dark and uncanny secret. A secret that is leading her straight to the gallows. As Ruth reveals her disturbing past to Dorothea, the fates of these two women entwine, and with every revelation, a new layer of doubt is cast... Can Ruth be trusted? Is she mad, or a murderer?
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  • Courtney's War

    Wilbur Smith

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    The brand new Courtney Series novel, and the much-anticipated sequel to the global bestseller WAR CRY Torn apart by war, Saffron Courtney and Gerhard von Meerbach are thousands of miles apart, both struggling for their lives. Gerhard - despite his objections to the Nazi regime - is fighting for the Fatherland, hoping to one day have the opportunity to rid Germany of Hitler and his cronies. But as his unit is thrown into the hellish attrition of the Battle of Stalingrad, he knows his chances of survival are dwindling by the day. Meanwhile Saffron - recruited by the Special Operations Executive and sent to occupied Belgium to discover how the Nazis have infiltrated SOE's network - soon finds herself being hunted by Germany's most ruthless spymaster. Confronted by evil beyond their worst imaginings, the lovers must each make the hardest choice of all: sacrifice themselves, or do whatever they can to survive, hoping that one day they will be reunited. Courtney's War is an epic story of courage, betrayal and undying love that takes the reader to the very heart of a world at war.
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  • Lancelot

    Giles Kristian

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    ____________________ Conn Iggulden has called it 'a masterpiece' while The Times has hailed it 'a gorgeous, rich retelling of the Arthurian tale' . . . ____________________ The legions of Rome are a fading memory. Enemies stalk the fringes of Britain. And Uther Pendragon is dying. Into this fractured and uncertain world the boy is cast, a refugee from fire, murder and betrayal. An outsider whose only companions are a hateful hawk and memories of the lost. Yet he is gifted, and under the watchful eyes of Merlin and the Lady Nimue he will hone his talents and begin his journey to manhood. He will meet Guinevere, a wild, proud and beautiful girl, herself outcast because of her gift. And he will be dazzled by Arthur, a warrior who carries the hopes of a people like fire in the dark. But these are times of struggle and blood, when even friendship and love seem doomed to fail. The gods are vanishing beyond the reach of dreams. Treachery and jealousy rule men's hearts and the fate of Britain itself rests on a sword's edge. But the young renegade who left his home in Benoic with just a hunting bird and dreams of revenge is now a lord of war. He is a man loved and hated, admired and feared. A man forsaken but not forgotten. He is Lancelot. Set in a 5th century Britain besieged by invading bands of Saxons and Franks, Irish and Picts, Giles Kristian's epic new novel tells - in Lancelot's own words - the story of the most revered yet reviled of all Arthur's knights, the warrior who fought at his lord's side - yet stole his wife. This is the story of one of the great figures of British myth and legend - a story ready to be re-imagined for our times.
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  • The Last Brother

    Andrew Gross

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    From International Number One Bestseller Andrew Gross, The Last Brother is the thrilling historical novel about three brothers and the Mafia in 1930s New York. United by blood 1930s New York City. Three brothers grow up poor on the Lower East Side, until the death of their father forces them to find work to support their family. Each brother takes a different path. Divided by ambition Twelve-year-old Morris Rabishevsky apprentices himself to a garment manufacturer with the aim of running the business. Sol, six years older, heads to accounting school but is forced to drop out. Scarred by a family tragedy, Harry falls under the spell of the charismatic Louis Buchalter, who in a few short years becomes the most ruthless mobster in town. Torn apart by conflict Morris convinces Sol to go into business with him, but Harry can't be lured away from the glamour, power and money of the mob. As their business grows, Buchalter sets his sights on the unions that control the garment maker's factories, setting up a fatal showdown that could bring them together or shatter their family forever.
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  • King of Kings

    Wilbur Smith

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    King of Kings is an epic story of love, betrayal, courage and war that brings together two of Wilbur Smith's greatest families in this long-awaited sequel to his worldwide bestseller, The Triumph of the Sun.

    Cairo, 1887. It's a beautiful day in September. Penrod Ballantyne and his fiancee Amber stroll hand-in-hand. The future is theirs. But when Penrod's jealous former lover Lady Agatha plants doubt about his character, Amber leaves him to travel with her sister.

    On a mission to establish a silver mine, they make the dangerous journey to Addis Ababa. Back in Cairo, a devastated Penrod seeks oblivion in the city's opium dens. He is rescued by a friend and is offered the chance to join the military efforts. With storm cloouds gathering, can Penrod and Amber find their way back to one another?
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  • Fools and Mortals

    Bernard Cornwell

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    We all love master storyteller Bernard Cornwell for his seafaring and historical novels but Fools and Mortals finds him venturing into the Elizabethan era and following the life of Richard Shakespeare - the estranged younger brother of William.

    Set during one of Bernard's favourite periods of British history, this page-turner looks at the sibling rivalry that was ignited by the growth of theatre and also follows the playhouses, playwrights and actors vying for acclaim and glory.

    A high-stakes story of conflict and betrayal, this is a remarkable tale about performance, rivalry and ambition.
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  • Death of Kings

    Bernard Cornwell

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    The master of historical fiction presents the iconic story of King Alfred and the making of a nation. Alfred, the great king, is said to be dying. Rivals for his succession are poised to tear the kingdom apart. The country Alfred has worked thirty years to build is about to disintegrate. Uhtred, the King's warrior, Viking born but Saxon bred, wants more than anything else to go and fight to reclaim his stolen Northumbrian inheritance. But he knows that if he deserts the King's cause, Alfred's dream -- and indeed the very future of the English nation -- will very likely vanish. Death of Kings is an outstanding novel by a master storyteller of how England was made -- and very nearly lost.
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  • Child 44

    Tom Rob Smith

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    In Stalin's Soviet Union, crime does not exist. But still millions live in fear. The mere suspicion of disloyalty to the State, the wrong word at the wrong time, can send an innocent person to his execution. Officer Leo Demidov, an idealistic war hero, believes he's building a perfect society. But after witnessing the interrogation of an innocent man, his loyalty begins to waver, and when ordered to investigate his own wife, Raisa, Leo is forced to choose where his heart truly lies. Then the impossible happens. A murderer is on the loose, killing at will, and every belief Leo has ever held is shattered. Denounced by his enemies and exiled from home, with only Raisa by his side, he must risk everything to find a criminal that the State won't admit even exists. On the run, Leo soon discovers the danger isn't from the killer he is trying to catch, but from the country he is trying to protect.
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  • The Burning Land

    Bernard Cornwell

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    Towards the end of the ninth century, King Alfred of Wessex is in failing health, and his heir is an untested youth. After so many failures to conquer Wessex, the Danes smell an opportunity. First comes Harald Bloodhair, a savage viking warrior encouraged by his woman, Skade. But Alfred still has the services of Uhtred, an unwilling warlord who leads Harald into a trap in Farnham, Surrey and inflicts one of the greatest defeats the vikings have ever had to suffer. The fifth entry into Bernard Cornwell's magnificent Alfred series, Burning Land tells of the final assaults on the kingdom of Wessex.

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  • Wolf Hall

    Hilary Mantel

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    From one of our finest living writers, Wolf Hall is a truly great English novel, and one that explores the intersection of individual psychology and wider politics. With a vast array of characters, and richly overflowing with incident, it peels back history to show us Tudor England as a half-made society, moulding itself with great passion, suffering and courage. Winner of the Man Booker Prize 2009, it also earned author Hilary Mantel the title of UK Author of the Year at the Galaxy National Book Awards in 2010.

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  • Warlord Trilogy

    Bernard Cornwell

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    More fantastic adventure tales written by Bernard Cornwell. This collection contains 'Excalibur', 'WinterKing' and 'Enemy of God'. A triology containing Excalibur, Winter King and Enemy of God. Excalibur The third novel in the Warlords Chronicle, Excalibur: A Novel of Arthur immerses the reader in the Britain of the Dark Ages. Merlin, the greatest of the Druids, believes that the ancient gods are deserting Britain, and that the invading Saxons can't be defeated without the gods' help. Mordred reigns with a brutal hand, and Arthur sees his dreams of peace evaporate. The author provides exciting descriptions of swordplay and battles, interspersed with somewhat gruesome depictions of ordinary life in those days--greasy, waist-length beards serving as napkins, lambs bloodily sacrificed before festivals, and rampant lice. Winter King Cornwell really is one of the nation's most impressive authors. And whether he's writing a maritime thriller or a napoleonic war novel, he never disapoints. The Winter King see's the beginning of the Warlord Chronicles, quite possibly the best series he's written, and follows the story of Derfel, through childhood, into Arthur's service and in the following books, through war and into his old age. Enemy of God Enemy of God is the second book in The Warlord Chronicles series by Bernard Cornwell. The trilogy tells the legend of Arthur seen through the eyes of his follower Derfel Cadarn.
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