Historical Fiction

  • TSTQ
    Philippa Gregory
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    Three Sisters, Three Queens is the latest historical novel from the always-brilliant Philippa Gregory. Featuring Katherine of Aragon and King Henry VIII's sisters Margaret and Mary, it reveals the important parts they all played in the Tudor kingdom.

    When the young Katherine of Aragon is brought to the Tudor court as Henry VIII's bride, his sisters Margaret and Mary know that they have a new rival. But Katherine also becomes an ally and pawn as the three become queens of England, Scotland and France.

    Although united by family loyalties and affection, the three queens set themselves up against each other - Katherine commands an army against Margaret and kills her husband; Margaret's boy becomes heir to the throne when Katherine loses her son; and Mary steals Margaret's proposed new husband after she is widowed.

    Full of betrayal, danger, loss and passion, this is a novel about three sisters who share an unshakeable and perilous bond. It's another fine read from the queen of historical fiction.
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    Emma Donoghue
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    Emma Donoghue is the bestselling author of Room and this new psychological thriller is equally compelling and chilling.

    The Wonder is the story of an 11-year-old girl who has stopped eating, yet remains alive and well. A nurse is sent to investigate whether she is a fraud and meets a journalist who is itching for an incredible story...

    Set in the Irish Midlands during the 1850s, this novel is inspired by the numerous cases of 'fasting girls' between the 16th and 20th century and examines child abuse that is happening in broad daylight. It looks at what nourishes us and what it means to be human.
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    Santa Montefiore
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    The new novel from Santa Montefiore is sure to sweep you off your feet and keep you reading long into the night.

    It is 1925 and the war is long over. But much has been lost and life will never truly be the same again. Castle Deverill, cherished home to the Deverill family in the west of Ireland for hundreds of years, has burned to the ground. But young and flighty Celia Deverill is determined to restore the sad ruin to its former glory.

    Celia married into a wealthy family so has the money to keep the castle in the family. She really can't bear to see it standing so neglected, but as she hatches a plan dark shadows start to gather around - and the financial markets start to shake - making for a very uncertain future... this is a very compelling story of family and history from a much-loved author.
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    Elizabeth Massie
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    Now a major BBC Two drama, Versailles follows the life of Louis XIV as he creates his incredible palace.

    It's 1667 and at the age of just 28 years old, Louis XIV is King of France. Haunted by the memory of the Fronde - an opposition lead by the nobility against his father - Louis knows that he must tame the French aristocracy or risk being toppled by them.

    To do this, he conceives the construction of Versailles. He wants it to not only be the greatest palace the world has ever seen, but also a gilded prison that can keep the nobles out of Paris and under his control. As his enemies circle around him Louis proves himself to be an extraordinary strategist and a manipulative Machiavellian who will stop at nothing to ensure his sovereignty.

    While all this is going on, Louis' queen Theresa of Austria must fight to keep her husband's attentions while he falls for his mistress - the sister of the King of England.

    Covering an era and place laced with passion, death, love and vengeance, this sweeping, dramatic and captivating tale will delight any fans of the hit show and those interested in history
  • Rome Trilogy - 3 Books - Collection - 9781409608165 - M.C. Scott
    M.C. Scott
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    M.C. Scott's Rome books brilliantly bring to life a fascinating and popular historical era. The three novels included in this collection are all extremely gripping and capture the passion, tension and intrigue of the time.

    The Emperor's Spy finds a mysterious prophecy foretelling that Rome will burn, and only one man can save it, while in The Coming of the King Sebastos Pantera, known to his enemies as the Leopard, must find the most dangerous man in the empire and bring him to justice. The Eagle of the Twelfth tells the story of Demalion and his legionnaires as they go undercover into Jerusalem to recover their pride...

    Likely to appeal to fans of Simon Scarrow and Conn Iggulden, this exciting and captivating historical fiction set is sure to keep you hooked!
  • War Real Lives Collection - 3 Books - Collection - 9780007945474 - Duncan Barret et al
    Duncan Barret et al
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    Sure to appeal to fans of Call the Midwife and Our Girl, this is a wonderfully nostalgic trio of real-life reads that shines a light on what life was like for the women left at home during the wartime era and beyond.

    The touching GI Brides takes a look at four girls who left their homeland to follow their new husbands across the Atlantic shortly after the end of the War. Not only did these girls - Gwendolyn, Rae, Margaret and Sylvia - have to cope with a new culture, they also had to get to know their husbands outside of the army... But after the Blitz, they were sure they could cope with anything and this book reveals how much fun they had!

    The Sweethearts is about those women who worked at the Rowntree's factory in York from the 1930s right the way through to the 1980s and how they kept the treats coming, no matter what was thrown at them... The Sugar Girls follows the women who worked at Tate & Lyle's factory in the East End during the Second World War - they're the ones who kept Britain sweet during the time of rations.

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    The first in six novels from Alison Weir about Henry VIII's queens, this huge book covers the life and times of Katherine of Aragon with a combination of groundbreaking truth and breathtaking fiction.

    Aiming to give readers an extraordinary insight into the way in which Katherine lived, this is a thoroughly researched and eye-opening read that will appeal to fans of Philippa Gregory. It reveals Katherine as a strong and determined woman who believed to be the wife of a king was her destiny.

    A Spanish princess who was raised to be modest, obedient and devout, the book follows Katherine as she leaves her home country and finds herself in a place where everything is different. She has to learn a new language and discover a new way of life as she struggles to cope without her mother and mourns the loss of her brother... seven years after the death of her first husband, Arthur, Prince of Wales, she married Henry VIII and they began a tumultuous marriage that ended with her banishment and death.
  • Philippa Gregory Collection - 6 Books - Collection - 9781471155185 - Philippa Gregory
    Philippa Gregory
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    Six historical novels for one unbelievable Book People price, this is the entire collection of Philippa Gregory's bestselling Cousins' War series. Certain to transport you back in time to England during the War of the Roses, the books' settings have been richly researched and the plots are completely compelling.

    Although not released in this order, it's widely thought that reading the books in chronological order (The Lady of the Rivers, The Red Queen, The White Queen, The Kingmaker's Daughter, The White Princess, The King's Curse) offers the best experience. Covering Henry VIII's predecessors and Elizabeth Woodville's rise to the throne, the books are full of shocks, scandals, murders and have some healthy romance added for good measure.

    By reading all the books in the series, you'll see why Philippa Gregory is heralded as the queen of historical fiction - and how her Cousins' War books inspired the hit BBC show The White Queen.

    This collection contains books 1-6 in Philippa Gregory's Cousins' War series.
  • BHOK
    Janet Ellis
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    The Butcher's Hook is the debut novel from former Blue Peter presenter Janet Ellis. Submitted to publishers anonymously after graduating from the Curtis Brown creative writing school, it's set in Georgian London and tells the story of 19-year-old Anne Jaccob - the daughter of a well-to-do family who decides to swerve her arranged marriage in favour of finding her own happiness.

    When Anne meets butcher's apprentice Fub, she begins to imagine a life of passion with him... but her parents have found someone who they deem to be far more suitable for her. Fiercely independent and idiosyncratic, she makes the decision to follow her own dreams - even if that means getting some blood on her hands.

    An atmospheric and riveting story that has plenty of dark and twisted turns, this is a page-turning novel that will appeal to fans of The Miniaturist and We Are All Completely Beside Ourselves.
  • Max Hastings Collection - 3 Books - Collection - 9781447287261 - Max Hastings
    Max Hastings
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    Chronicling some of the most astonishing chapters of our times, our three-book Max Hastings Collection brings together three very different - but equally compelling - analyses of modern history's most gripping military stories.

    The Battle for the Falklands takes a thoughtful look at one of the British military's most strange and unbelievable conflicts from a social, governmental and tactical standpoint; Bomber Command details the Allies' six-year air offensive against Germany; and the march of the 2nd SS Panzer Division through France to reinforce the front line defenders of Hitler's Fortress Europe is skilfully accounted in Das Reich.

    Written by award-winning journalist and former Daily Telegraph and Evening Standard editor Max Hastings, this three-book military history collection will make gripping reading for the armchair historian.
  • Jo Walton Collection - 3 Books - Collection - 9781472116871 - Jo Walton
    Jo Walton
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    Jo Walton is an award-winning author whose Small Change trilogy is a gripping and addictive tale of life set in an alternative history following the Second World War.

    Farthing tells how The Farthing set overthrew Churchill and negotiated a peace with Hitler. While gathering for a weekend retreat, they are joined by the estranged scion Lucy Kahn, who can't understand why she and her husband's presence was so forcefully requested, When Sir James Thirkie is murdered, with a yellow Star of David pinned to his chest, Lucy realises her Jewish husband is about to be framed for a crime he didn't commit...

    Ha'Penny and Half a Crown continue this alternate timeline of post-war Britain with more dark twists and turns.
  • Poldark Set - 2 Books - Collection - 9781509815074 - Winston Graham
    Winston Graham
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    With the BBC dramatisation of Winston Graham's Poldark set to return to our screens very soon, we are delighted to bring our customers this TV tie-in set of the beloved books.

    Ross Poldark introduces our hero. Tired from a long-fought war in America, Ross Poldark returns to his homeland but the joyful homecoming he anticipated turns sour: his father is dead, his estate is derelict and the girl he loves is engaged to his cousin. His sympathies for the locals are strong and they lead to him saving an impoverished miner's daughter from a fairground brawl, changing the course of his life forever...

    In Demelza, the miner's daughter he saved from the fairground brawl is now his wife and the turbulent years in which they live are testing their marriage and their love for one another. Demelza is trying to adapt to the ways of the gentry bring her only heartache and headaches, despite the joy of the first child. And Ross begins a bitter struggle for the rights of miners with his enemy, George Warleggan.

    Period writing of the highest calibre, this two-book set is ideal for fans of the Poldark show and those yet to read the incomparable works of Winston Graham.

    This set contains books one and two in Winston Graham's Poldark series

  • Lyn Andrews Collection - 3 Books - Collection - 9781472218681 - Lyn Andrews
    Lyn Andrews
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    We've enjoyed Lyn Andrews' sprawling sagas for many years and now we're delighted to present you with a three-book collection that will act as the perfect introduction to her brilliant Merseyside-set stories.

    Maggie May tells the story of a girl born into the slums of Liverpool in the 1880s. Sharing her name with the city's most notorious prostitute, she manages to escape and enjoy an idyllic new life, but fate forces her back...

    Mersey Blues is set after the Great War and focuses on the heartbreak of separation from loved ones, while Mist Over the Mersey finds two families out of their depth when their sons are called up for war.
  • Big Stone Gap Collection - 3 Books - Collection - 9781471132957 - Adriana Trigiani
    Adriana Trigiani
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    The hilarious and romantic page-turners in bestselling author Adriana Trigiani's Big Stone Gap novels are completely unputdownable!

    Set in the Blue Ridge Mountains in Virginia, the series is bursting with an unforgettable cast and a thoroughly well-carved heroine in the form of Ave Maria Mulligan - who has an extraordinary story to tell.

    Gentle and utterly compelling, this trilogy has community at its heart as we see Ave discover a scandal in her own family's past that will blow the lid right off her previously uneventful life; explore her own marriage with coal minor Jack, revealing plenty of dark secrets and the power struggle, betrayal and unmet expectations between a man and a woman; and the enthralling story of Ave's own shifting mother daughter relationship...

    These are sure to become much-loved favourites on your bookshelf.

  • MZK2 11 years +
    Markus Zusak
    11 years +
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    Now a major motion picture starring Geoffrey Rush and Emily Watson, The Book Thief is a moving and breathtaking novel that young readers and adults will both be sure to devour.

    Set in 1939 Nazi Germany, the country holds its breath, waiting on the brink of war. Young Liesel's life is changed forever as she stands by her brother's grave and picks up The Gravedigger's Handbook from the snow, committing her first act of book thievery and changing her life forever... So follows her love affair with books in an increasingly dangerous time. When her foster family hide a Jewish boy in their basement her world is both opened up and shut down, but the power of words and the ability for books to feed the soul is explored and enjoyed by both youngsters.

    Superbly crafted and incredibly moving, children aged 11+ simply must read this award-winning tale which has proved to be one of the most enduring and respected of recent times.
    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.
  • Lillian Harry Collection - 3 Books - Collection - 9781407250618 - Lillian Harry
    Lillian Harry
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    These three powerful novels will transport you to the tumultuous time following the end of the Second World War. Written with compassion and authority by Lilian Harry, they follow the experiences of many women as they try to move on with their lives.

    Goodbye Sweetheart looks at the fortunes of people living in April Grove in Portsmouth. It covers what happened to the evacuees and what they got up to during the years of the war - and how they welcomed back the troops. A Farthing Will Do follows Ruth, Lizzie and Heather as they welcome the end of the war with mixed feelings. As they try to get to grips with their emotions, the coming of peace brings further bewilderment, anger and disappointment.

    A Promise to Keep is very evocative as it finds Thursday Tilford having to choose between the two men who have captured her heart. Saga writing at its finest, this is a collection of poignant and perfect books.
  • LAMN
    C. J. Sansom
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    This is the latest novel in historical author C.J. Sansom's bestselling Lamentation series - and it's available in hardback for an unbelievable Book People price.

    It's summer, 1546 and King Henry VIII is slowly and painfully dying. His Protestant and Catholic councillors are engaged in a final and decisive power struggle to decide who will control the government of his successor, the eight-year-old Prince Edward.

    As Protestants are burned at the stake, the Catholic party focus their attack on Henry's sixth wife - and Matthew Shardlake's old mentor - Queen Catherine Parr. It turns out she's hiding a secret; she's written a confessional book so radically Protestant that if the King saw it, it would bring her and her sympathisers crashing down - and it's been removed from its safe place.

    Shardlake's tasked with investigating the disappearance of the book and soon discovers it's linked tot the terrible death of Anne Askew - and he, too, could be in trouble.
  • KFPE
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    With 20 CDs adding up to over 25 hours' running time, this audiobook collection contains Ken Follett's epic masterpiece Pillars of the Earth and its sequel World Without End.

    Pillars of the Earth is a thrilling drama set in 12th century England that revolves around a family conflict surrounding the building of a cathedral. World Without End is set two centuries later in medieval Kingsbridge and it once again finds men, women and children having to grapple with the devastating sweep of historical change.

    Both are read by beloved actor Richard E. Grant and provide captivating listening whether you're at home, in the car or on a longer journey.
    Wilbur Smith
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    Worldwide bestselling author Wilbur Smith will take you on an incredible journey on the thrashing seas off the coast of Africa in this glorious return to the series that made him who he is: The Courtney series. East African Coast, 1670. In a time of brave and brutal adventure, one man will journey across land and sea to pursue his greatest enemy ...The Golden Bough, captained by Henry 'Hal' Courtney, is running south from Ethiopia to Zanzibar. Below deck, both his crew and his lover, the fearless warrior Judith Nazet, sleep. As the moon glints through clouds, Hal sights a ship passing close by. Although there is an uneasy truce between the warring English and Dutch, Hal scents danger. When the Bough is boarded, the crew must go hand to hand to defend their ship and their lives. But soon Hal will face even graver danger, as he discovers his mortal enemy still lives and is hell-bent on revenge. he must pursue his nemesis across desert savannah, through the seedy underbelly of Zanzibar's slave markets and shark-infested waters, imperilling his own life at every turn. But it will take more than a slave's shackles to hold Hal Courtney...A thrilling blend of extraordinary drama and epic storytelling, Golden Lion sees Wilbur Smith return in triumphant form to the adventures of his beloved and bestselling Courtney family.
  • Pat Barker Collection - 3 Books - Collection - 9780241976234 - Pat Barker
    Pat Barker
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    Focusing on the treatment of casualties during World War I, our Pat Barker Collection is a powerful, harrowing examination of the insanity of conflict. Here, we are delighted to bring you her complete Regeneration series for less than the RRP of just one book - we're sure once you pick them up, you won't be able to put them down.

    In Regeneration, the first book in the series, a decorated English officer is sent to a military hospital after publicly declaring he will no longer fight. Combining real-life and fictional characters, and issues of class and politics, the book effortlessly weaves heart-rending prose and expert plotting.

    Completing this trio of poignant wartime novels are The Eye in the Door and the Man Booker Prize-winning The Ghost Road.

    An ideal set of books for anyone who is interested in powerful writing, historical fiction and military history, our three-book Pat Barker Collection is shocking, eye-opening and completely immersive.

    This collection contains books 1-3 in Pat Barker's Regeneration series.
    Bernard Cornwell
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    The new novel in Bernard Cornwell's number one bestselling series on the making of England and the fate of his great hero, Uhtred of Bebbanburg. BBC2's major TV show THE LAST KINGDOM is based on the first two books in the series. A fragile peace is about to be broken...King Alfred's son Edward and formidable daughter, Aethelflaed, rule Wessex, Mercia and East Anglia. But all around the restless Northmen, eyeing the rich lands and wealthy churches, are mounting raids. Uhtred of Bebbanburg, the kingdoms' greatest warrior, controls northern Mercia from the strongly fortified city of Chester. But forces are rising up against him. Northmen allied to the Irish, led by the fierce warrior Ragnall Ivarson, are soon joined by the Northumbrians, and their strength could prove overwhelming. Despite the gathering threat, both Edward and Aethelflaed are reluctant to move out of the safety of their fortifications. But with Uhtred's own daughter married to Ivarson's brother, who can be trusted? In the struggle between family and loyalty, between personal ambition and political commitment, there will be no easy path. But a man with a warrior's courage may be able to find it. Such a man is Uhtred,and this may be his finest hour.
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    Adele Parks
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    Book People favourite Adele Parks returns with If You Go Away, a story set around the outbreak of World War I that combines glamorous debutantes with themes of heartbreak and discovering just what it is that is really worth fighting for...

    Young debutante Vivian has been hurried into a pedestrian marriage to cover up a scandal, but when her husband enlists on their wedding day she is left with no choice but to take up the management and running of his estate - despite her lack of experience in this field...

    Meanwhile, young playwright Howard has rushed to the front to see the horrors of war for himself - and to observe both the best and worst of humanity. When conscription becomes law in 1916, he steadfastly refuses to join the ranks and becomes one of the most notorious conscientious objectors of all time...

    Handsome, famous and seen as a threat to the government, he narrowly escapes a death sentence and agrees to work on Vivian's farm - when the two meet, they quickly form a bond...

    This is a lovely slice of historical romance!
  • India Black Collection - 3 Books - Collection - 9781783297306 - Carol K Carr
    Carol K Carr
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    Become acquainted with India Black, the Madam of Espionage, in this three-book collection of Victorian crime capers!

    Written by Carol K. Carr, you'll be thoroughly entertained as you follow the amusing murder mysteries. The first self-titled novel to star India Black finds India keeping her tarts in line and avoiding the police, but when Sir Archibald Latham of the War Office dies of a heart attack while visiting her brothel, the madam finds herself thrust into a deadly game of blackmail and deceit between British and Russian agents...

    India Black and the Widow of Windsor finds the Queen under threat from assassination; while India Black and the Gentleman Thief has India's double life of operating a brothel and running espionage in considerable danger of unravelling...

    Witty, addictive and full of surprises, the India Black series is historical crime fiction at its finest!

    Please note, this collection contains books 1, 2 and 4 of the Madam of Espionage series.