Historical fiction fans alert

The she wolfSome interesting reads from ancient times to 1940’s!

Billed as the original Game of Thrones, The she wolf by Maurice Druon is the story of Charles IV is now king of France and his sister is Edward II of England’s Queen. Having been imprisoned by Edward as leader of the rebellious English barons, Roger Mortimer escapes to France, where he joins the war against the English Aquitaine. But it is his love affair with Isabella, the ‘She-Wolf of France’, who has come seemingly to negotiate a treaty of peace that seals his fate

Swanston The king’s exile  1648. Thomas Hill is arrested on charges invented by his old enemy, Tobias Rush. Deported to Barbados, he is indentured to Rush’s business partners. When news of the king’s execution arrives, political stability on the island is threatened. Also in danger are Thomas’s sister and nieces back in England – and he knows he must return home.

The tale of Raw Head and Bloody Bones by Wolf, Jack 1750. Meet Tristan Hart, student of medicine. His obsession is the nature of pain and preventing it. Meet Tristan Hart, madman and deviant. His obsession is the nature of pain, and causing it. He is on a quest to arouse the perfect scream and slay the daemon Raw Head who torments his dark days and long nights

War of the Celts by Whyte, Jack The Empire is collapsing and after 450 years of occupying Britain, the Roman legions are departing to defend the homeland. Soldier turned blacksmith Publius Varrus and his friend, the Legate Caius Britannicus, decide to stay behind. They dream of rebuilding the Empire, this time free of the corruption that destroyed it, and firmly based on the island of Britain. Their dream is a thousand years premature, but the first step towards it is the unification of the country under one man, a monarch whose fame will echo through the ages: Publius’ great grandson: Arthur Pendragon, King of the Britons

 The king’s exile by Swanston, Andrew 1648. Thomas Hill is arrested on charges invented by his old enemy, Tobias Rush. He is deported to Barbados, where he is indentured to Rush’s business partners. When news of the king’s execution arrives, political stability on the island is threatened. Also in danger are Thomas’s sister and nieces back in England – and he knows he must return home; however, his departure is blocked when a fleet arrives to take control of the island for Cromwell

Weisgarber The promise – 8 1900. Young pianist Catherine Wainwright flees the fashionable town of Dayton, Ohio in the wake of a terrible scandal. Heartbroken and facing destitution, she finds herself striking up correspondence with a childhood admirer, the recently widowed Oscar Williams. In desperation she agrees to marry him. But when Catherine travels to Oscar’s farm on Galveston Island, Texas – a thousand miles from home – she finds she is little prepared for the life that awaits her

Vanderbes The secret of Raven Point – 1943. When seventeen-year-old Juliet Dufresne receives a cryptic letter from her enlisted older brother pleading for help, and then finds out he’s been reported missing overseas, she lies about her age and volunteers as an army nurse to find him. Shy and awkward, Juliet is thrust into the bloody chaos of a field hospital, living in a sprawling encampment north of Rome where she forges new friendships with her fellow nurses and is increasingly consumed by the plight of her patients

McCann TransAtlantic – Emily watches as two airmen emerge from the carnage of World War One to pilot the first non-stop transatlantic flight. Among the mail being carried on the aircraft is a letter which will not be opened for almost 100 years. Senator George Mitchell criss-crosses the ocean in search of an elusive peace     

MacKenzie Daughter of Catalonia    1935. Luis, a charismatic Spaniard, elopes with Elise and they move to a small village in Catalonia. But little do they know that war will soon rip them apart. Some 20 years later, stifled by her life in England, their daughter Madeleine sets off to learn the truth about her father’s death in the French Resistance – returning to the village she once called home. Under the heat of the Catalan sun, she soon finds herself confronting her past, facing the shocking secrets of war, and opening her heart to her own love story  

 Lefebure Blitz!        When World War II broke out, no one could predict the impact it would have, as the conflict begins to take its toll, the lives of four families become entwined. The Duchamps, the Spurgeons, the Sowersbys and the Tooleys are all faced with personal struggles while the world around them is torn apart. Families become fragmented, love is found and the young are forced to grow up too quickly – but all are determined to remain defiant and united against the upheaval Historical

Bodies of light by Moss, Sarah Deeply poignant tale of a psychologically tumultuous 19thC  upbringing set in the world of pre-Raphaelitism and early suffrage movement. Ally is intelligent, studious and engaged in an eternal – and losing – battle to gain her mother’s approval and affection. Her mother, Elizabeth, is a religious zealot, keener on feeding the poor and saving prostitutes than on embracing the challenges of motherhood. Even when she wins a scholarship and is accepted as one of the first female students to read medicine in London, it still isn’t good enough

 Destroy Carthage by Gibbins, David – Carthage, 146 BC. Story of Fabius Petronius Secundus, Roman legionary and centurion and his general Scipio Aemilianus, and his rise to power: from his first battle against the Macedonians, to total war in North Africa and the Siege of Carthage. Scipio’s success brings him admiration and respect, but also attracts greed and jealousy – closest allies can become the bitterest of enemies. And then there is the dark horse, Julia, of the Caesar family – in love with Scipio but betrothed to his rival Paullus – who causes a vicious feud

The lion and the lamb by Clay, John-Henry. Condemned to a hovel, beaten by a merciless commander, crushed by the weather and forced to survive on starvation rations: no-one looking at Paul would ever guess that he is heir to one of Roman Britain’s wealthiest families. He had his reasons for joining the army and fleeing the family he loves but when rumours of a barbarian uprising from beyond the Wall begin to circulate, he realises that his family is in grave danger. With only former slave-girl Eachna for company, Paul deserts the army and undertakes a hazardous journey across Britain where danger lurks round every corner.