Historical Fiction

Recent historical fiction releases.
Updated November 30, 2023
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Lady Tan's circle of women
See, Lisa
'Despite the inordinate limits placed on women, See allows their strengths to dominate their stories' Washington Post 'Poignant . . . quietly affecting' Time In 15th century China two women are born under the same sign, the Metal Snake....
The Covenant of Water
Verghese, Abraham.
OPRAH'S BOOK CLUB PICK * INSTANT NEW YORK TIMES BESTSELLER * SUBJECT OF A SIX-PART SUPER SOUL PODCAST SERIES HOSTED BY OPRAH WINFREY From the New York Times-bestselling author of Cutting for Stone comes a stunning and magisterial epic of love, faith, and medicine, set in...
The armour of light
Follett, Ken
The grand master of gripping fiction is back. International No.1 bestseller Ken Follett returns to Kingsbridge with an epic tale of revolution and a cast of unforgettable characters.Revolution is in the air1792. A tyrannical government is determined to make England a mighty commercial empire. In...
Learned by heart
Donoghue, Emma
"A wrenching love story" (Chris Bohjalian, The Washington Post) based on the true story of two girls who fall secretly, deeply, and dangerously in love at boarding school in 19th century York, from the bestselling author of Room and The Wonder. Drawing on years of...
The housekeepers
Hay, Alex (Writer)
'Flawless, lawless fun' Kiran Millwood Hargrave, bestselling author of The Mercies'Prepare to grow hungrier for justice with every page you turn' Nina de Gramont, bestselling author of The Christie Affair---UPSTAIRS, MADAM IS PLANNING THE PARTY OF THE SEASON.<...
Morton, Kate
Curl up with this page-turning mystery perfect for fall The highly anticipated new novel from the New York Times bestselling author of The Clockmaker's Daughter, a sweeping novel that begins with a shocking crime, the effects of which echo across continents...
Hang the Moon
Walls, Jeannette.
"A rollicking tale." --The Washington Post *"Propulsive." --Associated Press * "Wild, smart, energetic." --Los Angeles Times * "Brilliant and effervescent." --NPR From the #1 bestselling author of The Glass Castle, the instant New York Times bestseller a...
The river we remember : a novel
Krueger, William Kent
In 1958, a small Minnesota town is rocked by a shocking murder, pouring fresh fuel on old grievances in this dazzling novel, an instant New York Times bestseller and "a work of art" (The Denver Post). On Memorial Day in Jewel, Minnesota, the body of wealthy...
The house is on fire
Beanland, Rachel
The secret book of Flora Lea
Henry, Patti Callahan
In the war-torn London of 1939, fourteen-year-old Hazel and five-year-old Flora are evacuated to a rural village to escape the horrors of the Second World War. Living with the kind Bridie Aberdeen and her teenage son, Harry, in a charming stone cottage along the River Thames, Hazel fills their days...
Switchboard soldiers : a novel
Chiaverini, Jennifer
From New York Times bestselling author Jennifer Chiaverini, a bold, revelatory novel about one of the great untold stories of World War I--the women of the U.S. Army Signal Corps, who broke down gender barriers in the military and battled a pandemic as they helped lead the Allies to...
Weyward a novel
Hart, Emilia
Let us descend
Ward, Jesmyn
* AN OPRAH'S BOOK CLUB PICK *'A spectacular achievement' ANTHONY DOERR'Extravagantly beautiful' DAILY MAIL'One of the greatest writers of all time' JACQUELINE WOODSON'Extraordinary' GUARDIAN'The best book I've read in years' LOUISE...
Frozen river, the
Lawhon, Ariel
From the bestselling author of Code Name Hélène comes a gripping historical mystery inspired by the life and diary of Martha Ballard, a renowned 18th-century midwife who investigates a shocking murder that unhinges her small community. Maine, 1789: When a man...
The Paris daughter
Harmel, Kristin
Instant New York Times bestseller! From the bestselling author of the "heart-stopping tale of survival and heroism" (People) The Book of Lost Names comes a gripping historical novel about two mothers who must make unthinkable choices in the face of the...
The white lady : a novel
Winspear, Jacqueline
A must-read mystery to curl up with this fall Instant New York Times and National Bestseller "A triumph. . . . Winspear creates in Elinor White (the 'White Lady'), a complex, endearing, achingly flawed hero. This is both fast-paced and thoughtful, bold and nuanced, a...
Crook manifesto a novel
Whitehead, Colson
Two-time Pulitzer Prize winning Colson Whitehead continues his Harlem saga in a powerful and hugely-entertaining novel that summons 1970s New York in all its seedy glory. It's 1971. Trash piles up on the streets, crime is at an all-time high, the city is careening towards...
The London Seance Society
Penner, Sarah
James, Tania
'Loot held me spellbound from the first page...an expertly-plotted, deeply affecting novel ' Maggie O'Farrell An epic tale of plundered treasure, savage empire, lasting love and a young man's dream to make his mark on the world. Meet Abbas....
The Reformatory
Due, Tananarive.
A gripping, page-turning novel set in Jim Crow Florida that follows Robert Stephen Jones as he's sent to a segregated reform school that is a chamber of terrors where he sees the horrors of racism and injustice, for the living, and the dead.
Flags on the Bayou
Burke, James Lee
In the fall of 1863, the Union Army controls the Mississippi River and much of Louisiana, as the Civil War rolls on.Wade Lufkin is a man without a country or a cause - an idle spectator since New Orleans surrendered, he now paints at his uncle's plantation. That is until he finds an intriguing new...
The Square of Sevens
Shepherd-Robinson, Laura
A girl known only as Red, the daughter of a Cornish fortune-teller, travels with her father making a living predicting fortunes using the ancient method: the Square of Sevens. When her father suddenly dies, Red becomes the ward of a gentleman scholar.Now raised as a lady amidst the Georgian...
The Trackers
Frazier, Charles.
From the New York Times bestselling author of Cold Mountain and Varina, a stunning new novel that paints a vivid portrait of life in the Great Depression Hurtling past the downtrodden communities of Depression-era America, painter Val Welch travels westward to the rural town of Dawes,...
The bookbinder of Jericho
Williams, Pip
"It is 1914, and as the war draws the young men of Britain away to fight, women must keep the nation running. Two of those women are Peggy and Maude, twin sisters who live on a narrowboat in Oxford and work in the bindery at the university press. Ambitious, intelligent Peggy has been told for most...
The witching tide
Meyer, Margaret
Lone women : a novel
LaValle, Victor
NATIONAL BESTSELLER . Blue skies, empty land-and enough wide-open space to hide a horrifying secret. A woman with a past, a mysterious trunk, a town on the edge of nowhere, andan "absorbing, powerful" (BuzzFeed)new vision of the American West, from the award-winning author of The...
The Invisible Hour
Hoffman, Alice.
From the beloved New York Times bestselling author of the Practical Magic series comes an enchanting novel about love, heartbreak, self-discovery and the enduring magic of books. Sixteen-year-old Ivy is pregnant and alone. Cast out by her...
The Mitford affair
Benedict, Marie
"Plunges readers into a world of glamorous, charismatic young British debutantes and then turns that shiny world on its head...the most delicious storytelling." --Allison Pataki, New York Times bestselling author of The Magnificent Lives of Marjorie Post From New York Times bestselling...
The House of Doors
Eng, Tan Twan.
The third novel from the Booker-shortlisted author exploring love, betrayal and morality in 1920s Penang
Casati, Costanza.
'When vengeance calls and the gods stop watching, what do we do to those who harm the people we love?' Wife. Mother. Fighter. Conspirator. Queen. CLYTEMNESTRA. This is the story of a daughter betrayed by her father. Who watches her sister be...
Coronation year : a novel
Robson, Jennifer
The author of The Gown returns with another enthralling and royal-adjacent historical novel - as the lives of three very different residents of London's historic Blue Lion hotel converge in a potentially explosive climax on the day of Queen Elizabeth's Coronation. Perfect for fans of...
The vaster wilds
Groff, Lauren
THE INSTANT NEW YORK TIMES BESTSELLER 'Exhilarating' GUARDIAN 'Her writing has a timeless quality' THE TIMES ' Has a visionary quality' OBSERVER A profound and explosive novel about a spirited girl alone in the wilderness, trying to survive ...
A dangerous business
Smiley, Jane
'I raced through this murder mystery' Good Housekeeping, 10 Books to Read Right Now!'Smiley is a masterful writer' Sunday Times'Outstanding. Her sentences are sublime' Roxane GayFrom a brilliant Pulitzer Prize-winning and best-selling author: a rollicking murder...
The air raid book club
Lyons, Annie
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