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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!
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.
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.
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.