Category Archives: Historical Fiction

April 25

Lest we forget “Sunflower”

Sunflower by Colin McLaren is the fascinating story of “An Anzac, who in his search of adventure and love, gave himself to a dream and survived a nightmare” (Prologue, page 3).  Nineteen year old George Dawson Bingham worked the railway lines as a ganger when Australia joined the efforts of The Great War. George Dawson […]

April 17

Dancing in the moonlight

Dancing in the Moonlight by Rita Bradshaw. Post by Sandra Taylor. This very realistic story is set in England during the depression years and the lead up to the second world war and its aftermath.  It does seem to be historical fiction at its best but is also raw and gritty.  It does not spare […]

March 27

The Birdman’s Wife by Melissa Ashley

The birdman’s wife / Melissa Ashley. (Submitted on behalf of another library staff member). As a child in primary school I used to belong to the “Gould League” and every month we would receive a card with a coloured plate of a bird and descriptive notes by Neville Cayley. I was fascinated with these and […]

March 22

Which New Zealand Authors Have Positively Impacted Your Reading Life?

When I read that Murray Ball had passed away about ten days ago, I remembered how much I was into his Footrot Flats comics when I was a kid. In fact I remember when I spent a week in hospital when I was in grade six, my parents and everyone buying me all those little […]

March 14

Poldark

Did you watch the new Poldark Series on the ABC? The series is set and filmed in Cornwall and it’s worth watching for the breathtaking  scenery of the Cornish Coast alone. It is beautifully filmed, and has some truly spectacular cinematographic moments. I’m told that when in Cornwall you can actually do a Poldark tour, and […]

March 07

By Gaslight by Steven Price

By gaslight.   Steven Price An epic novel of nearly 750 pages, it takes some time and dedication to finish this novel, perfect for holidays. It is swiftly paced with lots of twists and turns but perhaps a bit overly long. This is a Victorian detective novel set in London around 1885 that grabs you from […]

A Corpse at St Andrew’s Chapel – the Second Chronicle of Hugh De Singleton, Surgeon

A medieval murder mystery by Mel Starr set in the 14th Century and the second novel in the Hugh De Singleton Chronicles. Alan, the beadle of the manor of Bampton, had gone out at dusk to seek those who might violate curfew. When, the following morning, he had not returned home, his young wife Matilda […]

February 16

When Christmas Bells Ring

When Christmas Bells Ring by Katie Flynn Post by Sandra When Christmas Bells Ring is a story set in Liverpool during the war years and tells the story of Rosheen, who at age 15 has twins.  It is also about  her life living with her mother, and the childhood years of the twins as they grow […]

February 15

The Lake House

The Lake House by Kate Morton Post by Sandra This is a magnificent story set in Cornwall at a beautiful country  estate in earlier times of the twentieth century and also the modern day of 2003. It also involves a wonderful sweep of history, including the first world war and also the later years after the […]

February 06

The Narrow Road to the Deep North by Richard Flanagan

Reviewed by Bede The Narrow Road To The Deep North by Richard Flanagan This award winning novel by Richard Flanagan tells the story of Dorrigo Evans, an Australian doctor who suffers through the trauma, guilt and some parts shame from being a World War Two prisoner of war. The novel starts slowly, however the descriptions of […]