Whilst there is undoubted value in considering historical context, not least because past forces, individuals and trends both shape the present and provide valuable lessons for our future decisions, is historical fiction of any value?
A sophisticated story with plenty of bite A Song For Someone proves an elegant read with the twists and turns of Sheridan’s narrative keeping her readers on their toes until the very end.
Two cases 16 years apart combine in Redcar police station in this gripping mystery. The first is two-year-old Poppy, who suddenly disappears without a trace from a blanket on the beach. The second, a series of missing girls, all mysteriously connected by a designer dress label.
Authentically capturing a bygone era in which women were viewed as the prizes in a male game Strange Eden is a showdown between its style and story. Combining Giordano’s slick, high-tension writing with the values and sexual stereotyping of a bygone era whilst reminding us of love’s sometimes harrowing consequences in times past.
Beginning with the marriage of Erc of Dalriada to his first wife Marca at the age of fifteen and covering the period up until his death in 474AD, Strittmatter gives us a rousing historical novel and a fine example of what can happen when good writing and extensive research come together.
A rousing historical adventure and a delightfully confident novel from Isard who delivers a read packed with densely packed intrigue and chases The Guild of Salt and the King’s Messenger proves a powerful debut.
A bitter, bloody tour de force Chernov unflinchingly explores the random horror, grisly spectacle and the ugliness of war and ideology with a narrative that has an intoxicating, classic feel about it and instantly submerges its readers in the period.
Powerfully written in an evocative style, ‘Faith and Fortitude’, Crispin Rogers’ historical account of his likely ancestor, John Rogers (the first of 287 Protestant martyrs under Queen Mary) is and the intermingling of state and church towards their own corrupt ends.
The sensitivity with which McCarron deals with war is a testament to her evident forethought-of relationships forged and lost and of the horrific experiences and lasting pain which is its ultimate legacy.
An interesting new take on the life of Saint Patrick and a praiseworthy release from Kinread The Missionary is more entertaining than Bible-adjacent stories are usually allowed to be and makes for a highly enjoyable read.