Archive of: historical fiction

Cliona's Wave

Cliona's Wave

Donal Minihane

The book brings together aspects of Ireland’s folklore, history, religion, social mores, prejudices, and the Church’s stronghold. It is about family ties, weaknesses and strengths. Above all it is about how lives change when other people take control. I was fascinated by the shocking historical aspects, but I enjoyed less the some of the characterisation.


The Bloodless Boy

The Bloodless Boy

Robert J. Lloyd

This fictional story is set in 1678 during the Reformation. I loved it. There are real people from the time side-by-side with fictional characters. You don't need to know the history as it is well explained (quite naturally, as part of the story). It is well researched and well written. I highly recommend it – particularly if you like historical fiction, but even if you normally don't: it can be read just as well as a darn good mystery.


Avon Street: A Tale of Murder in Victorian Bath

Avon Street: A Tale of Murder in Victorian Bath

Paul Emanuelli

This novel is set in Victorial Bath, but unlike most novels set in this city in this era, the characters range from grubby criminals to those in society, with the working class and the professional class in between. It's a really enjoyable read: well researched, well plotted and tantalising to the last page as what could happen is anybody's guess.


The Bitter Trade

The Bitter Trade

By Piers Alexander

I thoroughly enjoyed this book and heartily recommend it. It is set in 1688 during the Glorious Revolution, but don't worry if your history isn't up to much - this is just a great story, superbly written. And if you think historical fiction isn't your thing, well, I didn't either and yet this book was one of my top-five reads for 2014.