Sinners of Starlight City

By Anika Scott - Published 2023


This riveting story plays out at the 1933 World’s Fair in Chicago (Starlight City), but its setting also encompasses Sicily during the years ...Read Review

The Messenger of Measham Hall (Measham Hall, Book 2)

By Anna Abney - Published 2023


When we first meet the protagonist, Nicholas Hawthorne, it is 1678. The twelve-year-old is the Catholic heir to Measham Hall in Derbyshire, a safe ...Read Review

Vagabonds: Life on the Streets of Nineteenth-century London

By Oskar Jensen - Published 2023



Very often when choosing our favourite historical periods, we conclude our remarks with the get-out, ‘Only if I was rich.’ Jensen’s superb ...Read Review

The Soviet Sisters: A Novel of the Cold War

By Anika Scott - Published 2022


If you can’t trust your sister, who can you trust? If you can’t trust your own government, your lover, your superiors, ...Read Review

Arcadian Days

By John Spurling - Published 2022



Does the world really need another retelling of the classic Greek myths? When it comes from renowned historical novelist John Spurling, the answer ...Read Review

Queen of Heaven (Maid of Gascony, Book 2)

By Catherine Clover - Published 2021


This second instalment of the memoirs of Lady Isabella d’Albret Courteault starts in 1453, in South Wales after Isabella has just said farewell ...Read Review

The Master of Measham Hall

By Anna Abney - Published 2021



1665: Charles II has returned from exile and is now king, but the Civil War still casts its long, dark shadow, intensified by the ...Read Review

The Spirit Engineer

By A. J. West - Published 2021


Set in Ireland between 1914 and 1920, The Spirit Engineer is based on the true story of William Jackson Crawford and his encounters with the ...Read Review

The Young Survivors

By Debra Barnes - Published 2020


Even before the outbreak of World War II, the Laskowski children’s lives aren’t easy. Their parents are Polish Jews who have ...Read Review

Stanley and Elsie

By Nicola Upson - Published 2019


Biographical FictionLiterary

Stanley and Elsie is the story of the artist Stanley Spencer, told mostly through the eyes of his housekeeper, Elsie Munday. It focuses ...Read Review