Book Picks


Below is a list of historical fiction books that were recommended by some of our customers and staff. They have been organized chronologically.



 Historical Fiction


The Bookworm’s Customer and Staff Historical Fiction Recommendations

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Smith, Wilbur – River God, Seventh Scroll, Warlock, Quest (historical adventure novels set in Ancient Egypt)

Lyon, Annabel – The Golden Mean (Aristotle teaches Alexander the Great) 348BC

Diamant, Anita – The Red Tent (based on Dinah, a minor character in the Bible)

Halter, Marek – The Canaan Trilogy:  Sarah, Zipporah & Lilah (Biblical fiction)

Whyte, Jack –Dream of Eagles Series (410AD – historical re-imagining of the Arthurian Legend)

Stewart, Mary – Crystal Cave, The Hollow Hills, The Last Enchantment, The Wicked Day – (5th century Britain)

Whyte, Jack – Templar Trilogy:  The Knights of Black and White, Standard of Honor, Order in Chaos (The Crusades)

Follet, Ken – Pillars of the Earth, (12th century feudal England)

Brooks, Geraldine – The People of the Book (charts the history of the book Sarajevo Haggadah which originated  in Barcelona in 1350)

Davidson, Andrew – The Gargoyle (14th century Germany and the present)

Kostova, Elizabeth – The Historian (story of a young woman who find out that her family’s past connects to the dark reign of Vlad the Impaler)

Dunant, Sarah – The Birth of Venus (set during Italian Renaissance)

Dunant, Sarah - In the Company of Courtesans – Renaissance Italy 1527

Phillips, Christi – The Rosetti Letter – 17th century Venice

Johnson, Jane – The Tenth Gift (stories of two women set almost four hundred years apart)

Smith, Wilbur - Courtney series -1660 to 1987

Chevalier, Tracy – Girl with the Pearl Earring - 17th century

                                Falling Angel - mostly set in the early 20th century

Kearsley, Susannah - The Winter Sea - 1708 in Scotland

Gulland Sandra – The Josephine Bonaparte Trilogy -1763

Gabaldon, Diana – Outlander series (time travelling 18th century)

Munro, Alice - The View from Castle Rock (A collection of historical and autobiographical stories starting in the 18th century.)

Hill, Lawrence – The Book of Negroes – late 18th century

Atwood, Margaret – Alias Grace (murder in Upper Canada) 1843

Santmyer, Helen Hooven - And Ladies of the Club (1868 - 1931)

Howatch, Susan- Penmarric (19th and 20th century Cornwall)

                                Cashelmara (Ireland during the 19th century)

Holeman, Linda - The Moonlit Cage – mid 19th century Afghanistan

Holeman, Linda - The Linnet Bird – 19th century England

Kay, M.M. - Far Pavillions - 19th century British - Indian History

Morton, Kate – The Forgotten Garden – 1890’s Britain, 1910 Australia to 1970’s and present day

Adamson, Gil – The Outlander (the Canadian west in 1903)

Freedman, Benedict and Nancy Mars- Mrs. Mike (early 1900's)

Goolrick, Robert – A Reliable Wife (Wisconsin in the early 1900’s)

Leckie, Keith Ross – Coppermine (1913-1917, based on a true story of the trial of two Coppermine Inuit for the murder of two Catholic priests)

Boyden, Joseph – Three Day Road – (story of two Canadian native boys fighting in World War 1)

Vanderhaeghe, Guy – The Englishman’s Boy (links Hollywood in the 1920’s with 19th century Cypress       Hills Massacre)

Forrester, Helen – Twopence to Cross the Mersey – England 1930’s (local author)

Baldwin, Shauna Singh – What the Body Remembers – India 1930’s

Courtney, Bryce – The Power of One – South Africa during World War 2

Scott, Paul - The Jewel in the Crown (1942)

Nemirovsky, Irene – Suite Francaise (Author began working on book in early 1940’s.  In 1942, she was arrested and departed to Auschwitz.  Novel remained hidden and unknown for 64 years.)

Boyne, John – The Boy in the Striped Pajamas - World War II

Zusak, Marcus – The Book Thief – World War ll

Schaffer, Mary Ann & Annie Barrows – The Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Pie Society - World War II





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