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Here are some of our favorite historical fiction writers and their books from many different time periods, along with suggestions for further reading.

 

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Best Kept Secret

Best Kept Secret
Archer, Jeffrey

Jeffrey Archer’s Clifton chronicles follow the meteoric rise of Harry Clifton, from the Bristol docks to a private school education in New York, and culminating in monetary success in early 20th-century America. Start with "Only Time Will Tell." Also try: Elizabeth Gilbert ("The Signature of All Things"), Philipp Meyer ("The Son"), Robert Morgan (Gap Creek novels) and Amy Tan ("The Valley of Amazement").


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Holds: 0 on 5 copies

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Longbourn

Longbourn
Baker, Jo

Jo Baker’s family sagas highlight historical events through the lives of everyday people. "Longbourn" features the below-stairs drama at the Bennet household, from Jane Austen’s "Pride and Prejudice." Also try: Murray Pura ("Ashton Park"), Frances Osborne ("Park Lane"), Natasha Solomons ("The House at Tyneford"), Fay Weldon (Love and Inheritance series) and Elizabeth Wilhide ("Ashenden").


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Holds: 0 on 16 copies

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The Light in the Ruins: A Novel

The Light in the Ruins: A Novel
Bohjalian, Chris

Chris Bohjalian’s powerful novels explore the depths of human evil and love, as is evident in "The Light in the Ruins"—the story of post-war murder and a young Florentine's love for a Nazi soldier. Also try: Jessica Brockmole ("Letters from Skye"), Rebecca Cantrell ("A Trace of Smoke"), David Gillham ("City of Women") and Kaye Starbird ("The Lion in the Lei Shop").


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Holds: 1 on 17 copies

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People of the Book: A Novel

People of the Book: A Novel
Brooks, Geraldine

Geraldine Brooks writes literary fiction with a purpose. In "People of the Book," artifacts found in a valuable Jewish prayer book tell the fascinating 600-year history of Jewish Europeans. Also try: Jane Johnson ("The Tenth Gift"), Jeanne Kalogridis ("The Inquisitor’s Wife"), Kate Mosse ("Labyrinth"), Orhan Pamuk ("My Name is Red") and Rosie Thomas ("The Kashmir Shawl").


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Holds: 0 on 3 copies

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The Last Runaway

The Last Runaway
Chevalier, Tracy

Tracy Chevalier spins riveting stories about people present at pivotal points in history. In "The Last Runaway," a young English immigrant faces the threat of ostracism, and even prison, for helping runaway slaves. Also try: Amy Brill ("The Movement of Stars"), Sally Gunning ("The Rebellion of Jane Clarke"), Lois Leveen ("The Secrets of Mary Bowser") and Eileen Clymer Schwab ("Promise Bridge").


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Holds: 0 on 13 copies

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1356: A Novel

1356: A Novel
Cornwell, Bernard

Bernard Cornwell humanizes long stretches of history with well-crafted, gritty, action-packed historical adventures set during times of war and political strife. Also try: Kimberly Cutter ("The Maid"), William Dietrich ("Hadrian’s Wall"), Conn Iggulden (Conqueror series) and Brenda Rickman Vantrease ("The Heretic’s Wife").


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Holds: 0 on 4 copies

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Blood and Beauty: A Novel

Blood and Beauty: A Novel
Dunant, Sarah

Sarah Dunant’s intense, dramatic style and historical expertise transports readers to Renaissance Italy, as is evidenced in "Blood and Beauty," a moody story of the powerful Borgia family. Also try: Anne Easter Smith, C. W. Gortner ("The Confessions of Catherine de Medici"), Jeanne Kalogridis ("The Scarlet Contessa") and Sara Poole (Borgia novels).


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Holds: 3 on 13 copies

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Winter of the World

Winter of the World
Follett, Ken

Ken Follett’s suspenseful and historically accurate novels, such as "The Pillars of the Earth" and the Century Trilogy, showcase the people who built lasting monuments to human ingenuity. First in the Century Trilogy is "Fall of Giants." Also try: John Jakes, James Michener, Steven Saylor ("Empire"), Jane Smiley ("The Greenlanders") and Edward Rutherfurd.


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Holds: 1 on 6 copies

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Elizabeth I

Elizabeth I
George, Margaret

Margaret George’s talent for biographical historical fiction brings famous women to life; from Cleopatra, Mary Magdalene and Helen of Troy to Gloriana herself—Queen Elizabeth I. Also try: Sandra Byrd ("Roses Have Thorns"), Carolly Erickson ("Rival to the Queen"), Philippa Gregory ("The Queen’s Fool"), Karen Harper ("The Queen’s Governess") and Alison Weir ("The Lady Elizabeth").


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Holds: 0 on 1 copies

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The White Princess

The White Princess
Gregory, Philippa

Philippa Gregory is best known for her historical fiction about the Tudors. She also portrays other chronically dysfunctional royals of Renaissance Britain, as in her Cousins’ War series, set during the Wars of the Roses. Also try: Anne Clinard Barnhill ("At the Mercy of the Queen"), Carolly Erickson, Elizabeth Fremantle ("Queen’s Gambit") and Susan Higginbotham ("The Stolen Crown").


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Holds: 3 on 14 copies

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