Archive of: London

The First Vet: A story of love and corruption inspired by real events

The First Vet: A story of love and corruption inspired by real events

Linda Chamberlain

I love the premise of this historical romance (set in 1794) – (the real) Bracy Clark, one of the first students at the Veterinary College of London, set up his own practice in London and devoted his life to the healing of horses and researching new cures, but was in long-term conflict with the (real) head of the college, Edward Coleman. The romance comes in the form of (the fictional) Christina, sister of Edward. The reality is well depicted, but I wasn't so keen on the romance.


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.


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.