In these difficult times we all need something to focus on, positives in our lives and for me one of those things is books and book blogging. So I’m going to press ahead and allow books to help me cope in the weeks ahead.
Today I’m looking at some of my all time favourite historical fiction novels, with a list of my top 50 favourite books in this genre. I’m going to break it down into five separate blog posts, so you don’t get bored before you reach the bottom.
So here we go with part 3 of my favourite historical fiction novels.
As with previous posts in this series they are not listed in any particular order!
1 The Crimson Petal and The White by Michel Faber
For me this is one of the classics in this genre, beautifully written with a story so addictive, you become lost in a world so rich and complex that time outside the book, stops existing for those precious few hours of reading.
2 Dissolution by C J Sansom
This whole series of books set in Tudor England are stunning and rightly much loved by readers, including me. I adore the writing, the story and the way he brings a much featured period to life with searing clarity and intelligence.
3 The Help by Kathryn Stockett
This was a deeply affecting and telling story around life in the American South under Jim crow laws. It is an emotional and honest read, that should be read by all that love historical literature.
4. Life After Life by Kate Atkinson
Oh how I loved this book. I adored it, the complex storyline, the power of the writing, the characters, so perfect in so many ways.
5 The House At Riverton by Kate Morton
Another one of my favourite writers in this genre. This was a splendid example of a highly enjoyable read, as all her books are. I had so many pleasurable hours reading it.
6 The Paying Guests by Sarah Walters
This is the only Sarah Waters book that I have read, which feels shameful, because she is an incredible writer and I intend to put that right soon.
7 The Taxidermists Daughter by Kate Mosse
I’m a big fan of this writer and would automatically buy any book she writes! The gothic feel of The Taxidermists Daughter gave it an added sense of tension and I felt swept away by the story.
8 All The Light We Cannot See by Anthony Doer
This is an incredibly powerful read. I was captivated by the story about innocence caught up in the nightmare of WW2.
9 The Ashes of London by Andrew Taylor.
A superb historical crime mystery that read like a dream.
10 The Lie by Helen Dunmore
What to say about this book? Only that it is stunning! The language, the story, the characters are all utterly and beautifully perfect.
All these books can be purchased from Amazon and also Waterstones, but why not consider ordering from your locally Indie bookshop. Many are still selling books online and posting them out.