This week’s Book of the Week is The Other Boleyn Girl by Philippa Gregory. We’ve put together a selection of some historical fiction you may enjoy after reading Gregory’s Tudor romance.
Wolf Hall documents Thomas Cromwell’s rise to power in the court of Henry VIII in the 16th Century. Born into a working-class family with no political history or renown, Wolf Hall highlights Cromwell’s pragmatism and skill in aiding Henry during the tumultuous Reformation period. Winning the Man Booker prize amongst other notable awards, Wolf Hall has been named as one of the 10 best historical novels by The Observer.
The Gates of Rome, by Conn Iggulden
Gladiatorial combat, conniving senators, and mass warfare whisk Iggulden’s readers off to the ancient world of the Roman Empire. Full of suspense and dastardly plots, the first book in the Emperor Series is not to be missed.
The Mermaid and Mrs Hancock, by Imogen Hermes Gowar
A stunning twist on the historical novel, The Mermaid and Mrs Hancock takes the reader back to 1785 and the world of merchant sailing. Jonah Hancock leads the normal life of a merchant trader, until one day his Captain arrives on his doorstep claiming he has sold Jonah’s ship for the most staggering prize of all; a mermaid. But with great beauty comes a destructive power, one which has the potential to change Jonah’s life forever.
The Narrow Land, by Christine Dwyer Hickey
Set in the 1950’s, The Narrow Land explores the unlikely friendship between Michael, a 10 year old boy living with his troubled mother, and the Hoppers, an artistic couple who live nearby. The legacy of the Second World War haunts this novel, shaping landscape and characters alike and making for a nostalgic read.
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