Fiction

Historical Fiction Books

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    Philippa Gregory
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    Philippa Gregory, author of the Cousins' War series, is often regarded as the queen of historical fiction and this meticulously researched novel focuses on the legacy left by Lady Jane Grey, a woman who was Queen of England for nine days.

    Using her position as cousin to the deceased king, her father and his conspirators put her on the throne ahead of the king's half-sister Mary, who quickly mustered an army, claimed her crown and locked Jane in the Tower. When Jane refused to betray her Protestant faith, Mary sent her to the executioner's block... It's here where Jane turned her father's greedy grab for power into a tale of brave and tragic martyrdom.

    Jane leaves all kinds of letters to her younger sister, Katherine, and they're all intended to help her enjoy her beauty, youth and to find love. Katherine's lineage makes her a threat to the insecure and infertile Queen Mary and when news of a secret marriage is revealed by her pregnancy, she is also sent to the tower. She, too, leaves the youngest Grey sister, Mary, a letter with advice.

    Mary is a beautiful dwarf who has been disregarded by the court and she finds it easy to keep secrets. After watching her sisters defy the Queen, Mary knows she is a possible heir to the throne, but she's determined to stay in charge of her own destiny.
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    Minette Walters
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    An acclaimed crime writer, this huge novel - set in Dorset during the time of the Black Death - finds Minette Walters turning her hand to historical fiction.

    It's June, 1348 and Dorset is unprepared for the outbreak of the disease. Sadly, its people start to die in their thousands... In the estate of Develish, Lady Anne takes control of her people's future and chooses a slave called Thaddeus Thurkell to act as her steward. Together they decide to quarantine Develish by bringing the serfs inside the walls. However, this upsets the social order and cracks and conflicts begin to arise...

    The community are ignorant of what is happening outside their walls and start to wrestle with themselves, their beliefs and their futures. Does anyone have the courage to leave the security of the walls?
  • Alan Furst Collection - 3 Books - Collection - 9781407250359 - Alan Furst
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    Alan Furst
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    Three novels full of adventure and intrigue in wartime Europe, these books by Alan Furst will appeal to fans of John Le Carre, Henry Porter and John Lawton.

    Kingdom of Shadows follows former Hungarian cavalry officer Nicholas Morath as he returns home to his mistress in 1938. While away in Vienna, he has done a quiet favour for his diplomat uncle. Desperate for Hungary to stop drifting into alliance with Nazi Germany, his uncle has been trading in conspiracies - meaning Morath is edging closer to danger...

    Mission to Paris and The Foreign Correspondent are equally poignant and compelling, providing a remarkable insight into the frailties and fears of humanity when under pressure.
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    Santa Montefiore
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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.
  • Diney Costeloe Collection - 3 Books - Collection - 9781786696113 - Diney Costeloe
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    Diney Costeloe
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    Written by Diney Costeltoe, these three powerful novels are set against a background of war and are heartbreaking yet ultimately uplifting.

    The Girl With No Name transports you back to London in August, 1939 and follows 13-year-old Lisa as she escapes Nazi Germany and finds herself trying to make a life in England's capital city. She's adopted by a childless couple, but then the Blitz blows her new home apart - and she wakes up with no memory of who she is or where she came from...

    The Lost Soldier spans 80 years and finds a timeless memorial becoming under threat from developers. Rachel Elliott is determined to save it, but her findings will take her into the dark heart of her own family's history; and The Throwaway Children is the story of two sisters who are sent first to an English and then an Australian orphanage in the aftermath of World War II.
  • Margaret Pemberton Collection - 3 Books - Collection - 9781509858354 - Margaret Pemberton
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    Margaret Pemberton
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    Margaret Pemberton's The Londoners trilogy is a saga set in the nation's capital that touches on many of the social issues that engulfed the country during the 1940s and 50s.

    The first book introduces Carl Voigt, a First World War prisoner of war who had married a Cockney girl and never moved back to his native Germany. Now a widower, Carl and Kate were always popular but during the Second World War, they start to be treated as outcasts. Finding friends is hard and Kate finds herself alone and pregnant. However, during the blitz Kate forms a bond with a wounded sailor called Leon Emmerson who is also being shunned by society...

    The following books find Kate facing a battle just after the war to keep her young son with her; and her new family celebrating the Coronation in 1953.
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    Samantha Silva
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    Samantha Silva's debut novel Mr Dickens and his Carol follows Charles Dickens as he is forced by his publisher to write a festive tale...

    Dickens should be looking forward to Christmas but when Martin Chuzzlewit flops, his publisher issues an ultimatum - write a Christmas book or lose everything!

    Given just a month to complete a story, Dickens finds himself propelled by self-doubt but then meets Eleanor Lovejoy and her son, Timothy. This inspires a Scrooge-like journey through Christmases past and present.
  • Gill Paul Collection - Collection - 9780007966219 - Gill Paul
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    Gill Paul
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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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    With 20 CDs adding up to over 25 hours' running time, this abridged 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.
    Format: CD (abridged)
  • M.C. Beaton: The Six Sisters Collection - 6 Books - Collection - 9781472126641 - M.C. Beaton
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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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    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.
  • Eagles of Empire Collection - 5 Books - Collection - 9781472250872 - Simon Scarrow
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    Simon Scarrow
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    Simon Scarrow is one of the world's favourite historical fiction authors and his Eagles of the Empire series is a must-read for fans of Bernard Cornwell and Conn Iggulden.

    Under the Eagle, the first book in the series, is set in AD42 and follows bookish Quintus Licinius Cato as he arrives in Germany as a new recruit to the Second Legion, the toughest in the Roman Army. He struggles to adapt to the military lifestyle and things get even tougher when he's appointed a rank above his colleagues, due to his imperial connections. Second in command to Macro, the army find themselves on a special mission to Britain - a land of unparalleled barbarity...

    The army also faces bloody skirmishes with sinister organisations; fall into the hands of a dark sect of Druids; attempt to seize the south west of Britain; and end up as fugitives on the run.

    This collection includes books 1-5 in Simon Scarrow's Eagles of the Empire series.
  • Lilian Harry Collection - 3 Books - Collection - 9781407250618 - Lilian Harry
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    Lilian 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.
  • J.D. Davies Quinton Collection - 3 Books - Collection - 9781908699954 - J.D. Davies
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    J.D. Davies
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    Set in the 17th century, J.D. Davies' Quinton series finds England in an unsettled period of transition. Cromwell is dead and England's king has been restored... yet rumours of treason in the Scottish Isles abound - enter Matthew Quinton, an inexperienced but loyal 22-year-old sea captain.

    Hailing from a family of staunch loyalists, Quinton's first command was lost at sea and he only barely survived. This time around, he is determined to complete his mission with no losses. Vital to this mission is young mariner Kit Farrell, who has promised to teach him how to master the sea in return for Quinton teaching him how to read and write. But the duo face many obstacles as they embark, not least a resentful Cornish crew, a suspicion of murder and a feeling that treason may be closer to home than anyone thought...

    Written by a respected historian, this is a swashbuckling adventure series for fans of Conn Iggulden, Patrick O'Brian and C.S. Forester.

    This collection contains books 1 to 3 in J.D. Davies' Quinton series.

  • Rome Trilogy - 3 Books - Collection - 9781409608165 - M.C. Scott
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    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!
  • Elizabeth Jane Howard Collection - 5 Books - Collection - 9781509858347 - Elizabeth Jane Howard
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    Elizabeth Jane Howard
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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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    Alison Weir
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    Following the success of Katherine of Aragon: The True Queen last year, historian Alison Weir presents the second book in her fictional Six Tudor Queens series - Anne Boleyn: A King's Obsession.

    brilliant novel for fans of Philippa Gregory, it finds Weir presenting an unforgettable portrait of Anne Boleyn and showing that she was an ambitious individual who managed to change the course of history.

    Fresh from the palaces of Burgundy and France, Anne quickly drew attention at the English court and embraced the play of courtly love. She wanted the crown and was determined to get it - by any means necessary...

    The second of Henry's queens, it is common knowledge how she died but this enthralling page-turner of a novel explains how she also lived.
  • Molly Murphy Mysteries Collection - 3 Books - Collection - 9781472118066 - Rhys Bowen
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    Featuring the first three books in Rhys Bowen's wonderful Molly Murphy series, this collection is an ideal introduction to a New York Times bestselling author.

    Molly Murphy always knew she'd end up in trouble, just as her mother predicted. So, when she commits murder in self-defence, she flees Ireland - and her identity - for the anonymous shores of America. When she arrives in New York, Molly begins to breathe easier. But when a man is murdered on Ellis Island, a man Molly was seen arguing with, she becomes the prime suspect... using her Irish charm and sharp wit, Molly escapes Ellis Island and sets out to find the wily killer on her own. Determined to find the killer on her own, Molly escapes Ellis Island to pound the notorious streets of Hell's Kitchen and the Lower East Side - and a private investigator is born.

    Tightly plotted whodunnits, cleverly and expertly entwined with comedy, Murphy's Law, Death of Riley and For the Love of Mike by Rhys Bowen are sure to delight fans of Carola Dunn and introduce a new legion of fans to a wonderful character.

    This collection contains books 1-3 in Rhys Bowen's Molly Murphy series.
  • Pat Barker Collection - 3 Books - Collection - 9780241976234 - Pat Barker
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    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.
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    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.
  • Jo Walton Collection - 3 Books - Collection - 9781472116871 - Jo Walton
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    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.
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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!
  • Michael Pearce Collection - 3 Books - Collection - 9781472127679 - Michael Pearce
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    Michael Pearce
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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.
  • India Black Collection - 3 Books - Collection - 9781783297306 - Carol K Carr
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    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.