My Top 50 Historical Books. Part 4 #HistoricalFiction #Reading

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 4 of my favourite historical fiction novels.
As with previous posts in this series they are not listed in any particular order!

1 The Eagle of the Ninth Chronicles by Rosemary Sutcliff


These books will always be very special to me. As a child they introduced me to the historical novel and started my fascination with Roman History. I loved them then and I still adore them.

2 Little by Edward Carey 


I found this book to be utterly fascinating and very emotional as well. I have to thank the Cardiff Waterstones book club for introducing this novel to me.

3 The Secret Life of Bees by Sue Monk Kidd


It has been a while since I read The Secret Life of Bees and yet I remember the profound effect it had on me to, which is a mark of a wonderful novel.

4 The Island by Victoria Hislop 


This was the first book I read of this author and I have been a devoted fan since.

5 The Edge of the Orchard by Tracy Chevalier


Tracy Chevalier is another author whose books I automatically buy, because I know they will always be wonderful reads. I love both her writing style and the gentle tone of her novels.

6 The Thread by Victoria Hislop


There is something about this author’s books that make them compelling reading. The historical detail, the voice she gives to stories that might otherwise be buried. I recently found a copy of one of her books I hadn’t read and I was shocked, because I seriously thought I had read them all.

7 The Story Keeper by Anna Mazzola



I loved that this was a story about those who collect and save stories, beside having a thrilling mystery at it’s heart.

8 Remarkable Creatures by Tracy Chevalier 


I love all the authors books, but this is one of particular favourites. I had no real idea of the role of women in early scientific develops and this book taught me so much, wrapped up in wonderful story.

9 The Taming of The Queen by Philppa Gregory 


For me no list of favourite historical novels is complete with a novel from this author.

10 The Devil In Marshalsea by Antonia Hodgson


I loved the setting of this book and how life within the workhouse felt claustrophobic and so dangerous.

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.




8 thoughts on “My Top 50 Historical Books. Part 4 #HistoricalFiction #Reading

  1. Davida Chazan says:

    Hm… seems you like Hislop more than I do. I find her style is a bit… dull for me (meandering), and her plots feel incomplete. I’ve never read any Phillipa Gregory. Not sure I want to. I’ve heard that the books are highly inaccurate historically, and after having loved the 1970s TV series about Henry VIII and Elizabeth I, which were apparently VERY accurate, I feel that era has been done to death ever since. Nothing can top those, I’m afraid.

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