Category Archives: Historical Fiction

July 12

My cousin Rachel by Daphne Du Maurier

I’m not sure why, but lately I seem to have developed a passion for all things written about, or filmed in, Cornwall. Much to my great joy the new series of “Poldark” has started airing on the ABC, and now My Cousin Rachel , also set in Cornwall, has just been released in cinemas in Australia. […]

The Underground Railroad by Colson Whitehead

The Underground Railroad by Colson Whitehead This harrowing, imaginative novel of a part of America’s darker history is both powerful and exhilarating. We follow Cora, a young slave in Georgia, pre-Civil War. Life is full of despair and hopelessness until Caesar, a recent arrival from Virginia encourages her to flee with him along the Underground […]

The wild, dark flowers

The Wild Dark Flowers by Elizabeth Cooke. Post by Sandra. This book is exquisitely written of a time past as the war years approach and affect the lives of the people who live at Rutherford Park.  There is the story of Harry Cavendish and his child, Cecilia, by a servant which he finds difficult to […]

June 21

Rutherford Park

Rutherford Park by Elizabeth Cooke. Post by Sandra. This novel is a story set at a beautiful country estate in England, Rutherford Park.  It is written with a wonderful insight  into the lives of the gentry and also the servants living at the estate.  It  is indicative of a time past where there was so […]

June 15

City of Secrets by Stewart O’Nan

Posted by Neen City of Secrets by Stewart O’Nan Jerusalem, 1945. Left homeless after World War Two, thousands of displaced Jewish refugees attempted to reach Palestine. However, they were regarded as illegal aliens by the interim British authorities, and were forced to rely on an underground network of sympathisers to hide them and provide new […]

June 14

A Death in the Dales by Frances Brody

Posted by Neen A Death in the Dales by Frances Brody Lucian, a friend of Kate Shackleton, recently inherited a cottage in a peaceful Yorkshire village from his aunt, so when Kate realises her 14-year-old niece, Harriet, needs complete rest to recuperate from an illness, Kate arranges with Lucien for herself and Harriet to enjoy […]

June 13

A Rustle of Silk by Alys Clare

Posted by Neen A Rustle of Silk by Alys Clare England, 1603. Queen Elizabeth I is dead and King James VI of Scotland is about to become King James I of England. As the new king’s official coronation approaches, Gabriel Taverner, former ship’s surgeon now employed as a physician in rural Devon, is called in by […]

A Corpse at St Andrew’s Chapel – A Hugh De Singleton mystery

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 […]

The Midwife of Venice

The Midwife of Venice by Roberta Rich is a historical novel that offers the reader a peep into “women’s business” in the year of 1575 in Venice. Hannah is a Jewish midwife and reputed to be the best. She has a secret. A device she refers to as her “birthing spoons”, a primitive version of […]

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 […]