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Liberty Bazaar

By David Chadwick - Published 2016



The American Civil War was also fought in England, not with battles and bombardments but with fundraising drives, propaganda offensives, dirty tricks and ...Read Review

Resolution: A Novel of the Boy Who Sailed With Captain Cook

By A.N. Wilson - Published 2016


Biographical FictionNautical

Any book by A. N. Wilson is a rewarding read, but be warned!  Resolution was the ship in which Captain Cook sailed on ...Read Review

Getting Started in Writing Historical Fiction

By Emma Darwin - Published 2016



What is the difference between writing historical fiction and writing any other kind of fiction? Not much, to judge from this book. At ...Read Review

Pengelly’s Daughter

By Nicola Pryce - Published 2016



Cornwall attracts romantic novelists; strong passions amid dramatic scenery and wild weather.  Cornish historical romances tend to be set in the late 18th ...Read Review

The Midnight Watch

By David Dyer - Published 2016


Not another book about the Titanic? No, this book is about the Californian, the ship that saw the Titanic‘s distress signals and ...Read Review

The Prophets of Eternal Fjord

By Kim Leine - By Martin Aitken (trans.) - Published 2015Published 2016



The Viking colonisation of Greenland in the 10th century is a popular topic for novelists.  Others have turned to the mysterious disappearance of ...Read Review

Everyone Brave Is Forgiven

By Chris Cleave - Published 2016


This is a serious book about serious themes in serious times, written in a tragicomic style which easily lapses into facetiousness. It took ...Read Review

Midnight in Berlin

By James MacManus - Published 2016



What can I say about this book except that it ticks all the right boxes?  It is a spy thriller with: – a tightly ...Read Review

The Abbess of Whitby

By Jill Dalladay - Published 2015


Biographical Fiction

Like all Oxford history students of my generation, I had to start my course by studying Bede’s History of the English Church ...Read Review


By Christine Whittemore - Published 2015



It is said that history teaches us about the present, usually meaning war and politics, which is what history is usually about.  We ...Read Review