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Our extensive range of the best historical fiction and historical novels based on real events cover Medieval crusaders, kings, queens and much more. These historical fiction books are superbly written and take you back to a bygone era.

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Our extensive range of the best historical fiction and historical novels based on real events cover Medieval crusaders, kings, queens and much more. These historical fiction books are superbly written and take you back to a bygone era.

  • Black Friday

    Moonlight over Mayfair

    Anton Du Beke

    Product Code: MOMF
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    Check in to the Buckingham Hotel and prepare to be swept off your feet by Anton Du Beke's romantic and irresistible sequel to One Enchanted Evening...

    A new king has taken the throne and tensions are rising all across Europe as countries attempt to find their back feet after the Great Depression. Meanwhile, there are whispers of another war...

    Demonstrator dancer Raymond de Guise must hide his personal views as he puts on a show for the rich and powerful guests of the Buckingham. But a lot can happen on the dancefloor - whispered conversations, secret relationships, clandestine messages passed - and Raymond soon finds himself in a position of both power and danger...
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    A Tapestry of Treason

    Anne O'Brien

    Product Code: ATOT
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    Follow one woman's fight for what's right for the world in 1399...

    Written by Anne O'Brien, the historical novel A Tapestry of Treason shows that Constance of York, Lady Despencer, was far more than just an observer in her dysfunctional family.

    Despite being surrounded by power-hungry men, Constance manages to place herself at the heart of two treasonous plots against King Henry IV. Will her Plantagenet family be able to safeguard its political power by restoring King Richard II to the throne or the precarious Mortimer claimant? Whatever happens, Constance knows the cost of her ambition might overwhelm her but she must do what is right.

    Packed with treason, tragedy, heartbreak and betrayal, this gripping novel gives a voice to one of the forgotten women of British history.
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    The Doll Factory

    Elizabeth Macneal

    Product Code: DLLF
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    Praised by The Girl on the Train author Paula Hawkins and a Radio 2 Book Club choice, Elizabeth Macneal's debut novel The Doll Factory is a provocative and tantalising tale of art, obsession and possession in Victorian London.

    It's 1850 and Iris wants nothing more than to be an artist. The greatest spectacle London has ever seen is being built in Hyde Park and it's while in the crowd that she meets Silas, a collector entranced by anything strange and beautiful.

    Soon after, Iris is asked to model for pre-Raphaelite artist Louis Frost and she agrees on the condition that he teach her to paint. This opens a world of opportunities for her, but Silas is also becoming dangerously obsessed with everything Iris does...

    We couldn't put this expertly crafted historical mystery down and would recommend it to anyone who enjoyed The Miniaturist.
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    Maureen Lee Collection - 8 Books

    Product Code: MAUR
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    This collection contains eight powerful and compelling novels, all set in Liverpool, from acclaimed saga writer Maureen Lee. These stories are powerful, heartfelt and sure to leave you spellbound.

    Full of unforgettable characters, these rich stories contain everything from a journey to the past which includes a lost lover and secret child to a chance meeting with momentous repercussions.

    For fans of: Dilly Court, Lyn Andrews, Josephine Cox
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    Wolf Hall

    Hilary Mantel

    Product Code: BPGDD
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    Written by Hilary Mantel, one of Britain's finest writers, Wolf Hall won the Man Booker Prize in 2009 and was adapted into a hugely popular BBC drama starring Mark Rylance, Claire Foy and Damian Lewis.

    Set during the Tudor period of 1500 to 1535, this expertly written novel follows Thomas Cromwell's rise to power and looks at how his influence spreads throughout politics.

    It features many famous characters from this time in history and shows how Tudor England was a tumultuous place full of passion and pain.
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    The Photographer of the Lost

    Caroline Scott

    Product Code: POTL
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    Described as "beautiful, unflinching and elegiac" by The Glittering Hour author Iona Grey, Caroline Scott's The Photographer of the Lost is a heartbreaking historical novel that will take you from the front in 1917 to the aftermath of war in 1921.

    Many survivors of the Great War have been reunited with their loved ones but Edie's husband Francis has not come home, being considered 'missing in action'. However, Edie's hope flares when she receives a mysterious photograph taken by Francis in the post. She teams up with her brother-in-law Harry to try and discover the truth.

    Harry shares Francis' love of photography and is hired by grieving families to photograph gravesites as he travels through France in search of news for British wives and mothers... This is the story of the thousands of soldiers who were lost amid the chaos and ruins, and the even greater number of men and women desperate to find them again.
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    M.C. Beaton: The Six Sisters Collection - 6 Books

    MC Beaton

    Product Code: SXSB
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    This collection brings together six stories about six sisters, all written by Book People favourite M.C. Beaton.

    Regency romance from a bygone era, these stories are very funny and are sure to appeal to the Agatha Raisin author's fans - although they are much lighter and very different to her crime writing.

    When Charles Armitage announces that his eldest daughter Minerva is to have her coming-out in London, the news is not well received by the rest of the family; Mrs Armitage has one of her turns and Minerva's sisters all start to cry.

    As well as Minerva, this collection gives all the sisters a chance to shine - Annabelle passionately falls for Minerva's intended, Lord Sylvester; Deidre wants to marry for love and nothing else; Diana loves to hunt while dressed as a man; and Frederica runs away from home when she has to follow her sisters in marrying magnificently.
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    Elizabeth Jane Howard Collection - 5 Books

    Elizabeth Jane Howard

    Product Code: ELJH
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    This impeccable collection contains five novels by Elizabeth Jane Howard, the bestselling author of the Cazalet Chronicles and all the novels are funny yet touching.

    After Julius follows a family who have been brought back together, but they're finding it hard not to fall apart. Julius died 20 years ago but his last heroic action is still leaving a huge impact; Mr Wrong is a collection of short stories about dysfunctional families; and Odd Girl Out takes an eagle-eyed look at a destructive marriage.

    Something in Disguise is a witty account of a post-war family who are on the cusp of change and facing a crisis; and Getting It Right is a touching comedy about a sensitive hairdresser who tries to start living life 'right' at the age of 31.
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    The Road to Grantchester

    James Runcie

    Product Code: TRTG
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    This touching novel is the captivating prequel to James Runcie's Grantchester Mysteries series, which has been adapted into ITV's prime-time show starring James Norton and Robson Green.

    Fans of William Boyd and Sebastian Faulks will enjoy this surprising origin story that follows the life, loves and losses of 18-year-old Sidney Chambers in post-war London. After gaining a Military Cross and losing his best friend on the battlefields of Italy, Sidney's carefree youth has been blown apart and he must now decide what to do with the rest of his life.

    But he has heard a call: constant, quiet and growing ever more persistent. Despite the incredulity of his family and the derision of his friends, Sidney must negotiate his path to God - the course of which never runs smooth...

    Why should you buy this book? It's the first full-length novel in the popular series of short stories. It reveals how Sidney found God and will delight fans of the adaptation, too!
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    Six Tudor Queens: Anna of Kleve, Queen of Secrets

    Alison Weir

    Product Code: KLEV
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    Acclaimed historian Alison Weir presents the fourth novel in her bestselling Six Tudor Queens Series - Anna of Kleve, Queen of Secrets.

    King Henry has fallen for Anna's portrait even though she has none of the accomplishments he seeks in a new bride. She wants to please him as the balance of power in Europe rests on their marriage, but her chequered past could cause issues...

    This powerful page-turner finds the author drawing on new evidence to reveal Anna (also known as Anne of Cleves) to be a charming and spirited woman who was loved by all who knew her - and by the king who rejected her.
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    Michael Pearce Collection - 3 Books

    Michael Pearce

    Product Code: PRCE
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    With impeccable historical detail, the crime thrillers in Mamur Zapt author Michael Pearce's Dead Man series will have you hooked and guessing from the very first page.

    Set in the British embassies and Consulates of Europe in the early 1900s, A Dead Man in Istanbul follows Seymour of the Special Branch as he looks into the strange death of the Second Secretary of the Embassy in Istanbul. Apparently he'd been attempting to swim the Dardanelles Straits (a passage between Europe and Asia heavily used by warships, tankers and cargo vessels) in an attempt to repeat the legendary feat of Leander. At least that's what the Embassy is claiming. However, there's a bullet in his head and it's up to Seymour to discover exactly what happened.

    These enticing spy thrillers also find Seymour investigating killings and conspiracies in Athens and Barcelona.

    This collection contains books 2, 3 and 5 from Michael Pearce's Dead Man series.
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    The English Patient

    Michael Ondaatje

    Product Code: BPGDC
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    The Golden Man Booker was set up to celebrate five decades of the Man Booker Prize. All 51 winning entries were considered by a selection of hand-picked judges who chose five winners from each decade. Michael Ondaatje's The English Patient was voted the overall best Man Booker winner in a public vote.

    The Second World War is drawing to a close and the nurse, Hana, is tending to her sole remaining patient in an abandoned Italian villa. Rescued from a burning plane, the anonymous Englishman is damaged and haunted. The only clue to his identity is a copy of The Histories of Herodotus, that has been covered with handwritten notes about a tragic love affair.

    Adapted into an Oscar-winning film starring Ralph Fiennes and Kristin Scott Thomas by director Anthony Mingella, this is a beautifully written and compelling piece of fiction.
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    Max Hennessy Collection - 3 Books

    Max Hennessy

    Product Code: MXHN
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    Take flight with three wartime stories...

    It's 1914 and Dicken Quinney is preparing to spend the next four years in aerial combat. He collects a number of medals as he hones his reputation as one of the Great War's leading aces but as the conflict reaches its climax, he must prepare to complete one last death-defying mission...

    Dicken also plays a part in the Russian Revolution and attempts to escape from Nazi Germany during the Second World War. These military fiction books will appeal to fans of Tom Clancy, Pat Barker and Jack Higgins.

    This collection contains books 1-3 in Max Hennessy's RAF Trilogy.
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    The Turn of Midnight

    Minette Walters

    Product Code: TURN
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    It's 1349 and the Black Death is continuing to plague England - and the quarantined people of Develish, Dorseteshire are starting to question whether they are the only survivors in the country...

    As their supplies start to dwindle, the community prepare to head to the outside world, but how will they find safety in a desolated wasteland? Free-thinking serf Thaddeus Thurkell decides to find out.

    He leads a team with the purpose of finding freedom for Develish's people. However, this leads to a life-threatening struggle over power, money and religion...

    Written by Minette Walters, this is a compelling and thought-provoking piece of historical fiction.
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    Gill Paul Collection - 3 Books

    Gill Paul

    Product Code: GILP
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    Gill Paul's novels are sweeping and evocative reads that span through the ages. This collection contains three stand-alone tales that will take your breath away.

    No Place for a Lady is a wartime drama that takes place in 1854. Dorothea Gray hasn't seen her little sister, Lucy, since she eloped and set sail for the Crimea. As the war worsens, Dorothea has to risk everything to find her sister - but what if she doesn't want to be found?

    The Affair will take you to Rome in 1961 as the cameras roll on Cleopatra and world finds itself transfixed by the love affair between Richard Burton and Elizabeth Taylor. However, tensions are running high on the set and the crew are faced with all sorts of obstacles. The final book in the collection is Women and Children First, which hauntingly looks at how the tragedy of the Titanic affected its survivors in so many ways.

    These are enthralling stories of love and passion, set against important moments from history.
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    Dear Mrs Bird

    AJ Pearce

    Product Code: DMBI
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    A.J. Pearce's debut novel Dear Mrs Bird is a funny and warming read that will take you back to London in 1940.

    Emmeline Lake and her best friend Bunty are trying to stay cheerful despite the Luftwaffe making life annoying for everyone. Emmy wants to become a Lady War Correspondent and seizes her chance when she spots a job advertisement. But after some crossed wires, she actually ends up typing letters for Henrietta Bird, the notorious agony aunt of Woman's Friend magazine.

    Mrs Bird has very clear rules: letters containing any form of unpleasantness are to be binned immediately. Emmy starts off by dismissing the problems of lovelorn readers, but eventually the thought of desperate women's questions and pleas going unanswered is too much and she decides it's the right thing to secretly write back...

    Praised by the likes of John Boyne, Marian Keyes and Annie Barrows, this charming read will warm your heart. It's a tribute to the strength of female friendship, the kindness of strangers and the art of letter writing. The time it's set in also makes it a celebration of the incredible Blitz spirit.
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    Gavin Scott Collection - 3 Books

    Gavin Scott

    Product Code: GSCT
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    The Young Indiana Jones Chronicles writer Gavin Scott's post-World War II murder mysteries starring Duncan Forrester are pacy and page-turning. We'd recommend them for fans of Frederick Forsyth, John Buchan and Jack Higgins.

    The Age of Treachery is set in 1946 and finds former Special Operations Executive agent Duncan Forrester back at his Oxford college as a junior Ancient History Fellow. However, his peace is shattered when an unpopular Fellow is found dead. A don is suspected and arrested but Forrester is unsure the police have the right person. He soon finds himself on the hunt for a killer that involves lost Viking sagas and satanic rituals...

    The Age of Olympus finds Forrester's research on an Aegean island being interrupted by the murder of a British archaeologist and the outbreak of the Greek Civil War - and the worship of ancient gods may just provide a clue to the killer; and The Age of Exodus finds Britain's new Labour government struggling to cope with the break-up of the Empire in 1947 when a grisly murder takes place in the British museum and terrorists target the British foreign secretary...

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    Under a Pole Star - Signed Edition

    Product Code: UAPS
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    A signed edition of Stef Penney's Under a Pole Star.

    Costa-winning author Stef Penney returns to the wild Arctic setting she brought so vividly to life in The Tenderness of Wolves, in an epic story of ambition, perseverance and love against the odds.

    In 1889, the whaler's daughter from Dundee - dubbed by the press 'The Snow Queen' - sets out to become a scientist and explorer. She struggles to be taken seriously but determination and chance lead her back to northern Greenland at the head of a British expedition, despite the many who believe that a young woman has no place in this harsh world of men. Geologist Jakob de Beyn was raised in Manhattan.

    Yearning for wider horizons, he joins a rival expedition, led by the furiously driven Lester Armitage. When Jakob and Flora's paths cross, it is a fateful meeting. All three become obsessed with the north, a place where violent extremes exist side by side: perpetual night and endless day; frozen seas and coastal meadows; heroism and lies.
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    The Shakespeare Companion

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    Featuring summaries of the Bard's plays and characters, The Shakespeare Companion is the perfect read for anyone interested in his works, or those who are new to one of the most influential writers of all time.

    Complete with a foreword by Dame Judi Dench, this book will enlighten you about Shakespeare's writing and help you enjoy his plays even more. It provides synopses of plays and even a resume of each performance's history.

    There is also a look back at the history of Shakespearean theatre and those plays that he did not write that have been wrongly attributed to him.
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    The Last Secret of the Deverills

    Santa Montefiore

    Product Code: LSDV
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    Santa Montefiore concludes her bestselling series with The Last Secret of the Deverills. Presented here in hardback, it's a fitting end with plenty of romance and drama to behold.

    It's 1939 and peace has flourished since the Great War ended. The Deverill family has gone through some huge changes and a new generation is waiting in the wings. Martha Wallace came over from America to find her birth mother in Dublin, but ended up falling for JP - and she's just found out her mother comes from the same area.

    Meanwhile Bridie Doyle, now Countess di Marcantonio and mistress of Castle Deverill, is planning on making the castle she used to work in her home. Her husband, Cesare, has other ideas. As he starts to stray, their friends begin to wonder if he is really who he is claiming to be... Kitty has come to terms with where she is now but then the love of her life walks right back into it.
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    Bright Young Dead

    Jessica Fellowes

    Product Code: BYDD
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    Jessica Fellowes returns with Bright Young Dead, the second in her Mitford Murders series of Golden Age-style crime novels inspired by real-life people and cases.

    The Bright Young Things - rabble-rousing hedonists of the 1920s who were media darlings - have entered the world of the Mitford sisters and are playing one of their favourite treasure hunts. However, this time it's ended in tragedy as the cruel but charismatic Adrian Curtis has been pushed to his death.

    The police quickly identify the killer but her colleague (and our heroine) Louisa Cannon - who has experience in the criminal field - believes Dulcie the maid is innocent and makes it her mission to clear the girl's name...
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  • One Enchanted Evening

    Anton Du Beke

    Product Code: BUPPP
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    One Enchanted Evening, Strictly Come Dancing's Anton Du Beke's debut novel, will take you back to the glitz and glamour of 1930s ballrooms.

    The exclusive Buckingham Hotel is a place where the rich, famous and elite all gather to socialise and dance their cares away. But unseen hotel staff are hiding behind the plush curtains and discreet doors.

    Meanwhile, the storm clouds of war are gathering and scandal and secrets are starting to be spilled...
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  • Cilka's Journey

    Heather Morris

    Product Code: BZSDM
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    Based on the heart-breaking true story of Cilka Klein, Cilka's Journey is the sequel to the internationally No.1 bestselling phenomenon, The Tattooist of Auschwitz 'She was the bravest person I ever met' Lale Sokolov, The Tattooist of Auschwitz In 1942 Cilka Klein is just sixteen years old when she is taken to Auschwitz-Birkenau Concentration Camp. The Commandant at Birkenau, Schwarzhuber, notices her long beautiful hair, and forces her separation from the other women prisoners. Cilka learns quickly that power, even unwillingly given, equals survival. After liberation, Cilka is charged as a collaborator by the Russians and sent to a desolate, brutal prison camp in Siberia known as Vorkuta, inside the Arctic Circle. Innocent, imprisoned once again, Cilka faces challenges both new and horribly familiar, each day a battle for survival. Cilka befriends a woman doctor, and learns to nurse the ill in the camp, struggling to care for them under unimaginable conditions. And when she tends to a man called Alexandr, Cilka finds that despite everything, there is room in her heart for love. Cilka's Journey is a powerful testament to the triumph of the human will. It will move you to tears, but it will also leave you astonished and uplifted by one woman's fierce determination to survive, against all odds.
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  • 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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Whether you’re looking for white-knuckle war novels, sumptuous royal romances or captivating tales set in tumultuous times, you’ll be able to dive into history with our range of historical fiction books.

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Whichever period of history draws you most, you’ll be able to explore it in these fascinating historical fiction books. From war-torn kingdoms to compelling courtly romances, daring quests to fierce rebellions, these historical novels truly bring history to life in rich, vivid and thrilling detail. Browse our historical fiction range today and find your new favourite reads.