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Here are some of our favorite historical fiction writers and their books from many different time periods, along with suggestions for further reading.

 

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The Blood of Gods: A Novel of Rome

The Blood of Gods: A Novel of Rome
Iggulden, Conn

Conn Iggulden writes fast-paced and absorbing biographical novels of historical military leaders. The Emperor series, beginning with "The Gates of Rome," follows the career of Julius Caesar from his rise, to his assassination at the hands of the Roman Senate. Also try: David Gibbins ("Total War: Rome: Destroy Carthage"), Robert Harris ("Imperium"), Ben Kane and Simon Scarrow.


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The Daughters of Mars: A Novel

The Daughters of Mars: A Novel
Keneally, Thomas

Australian author Thomas Keneally gives veracity to the emotional price paid by those whose lives are affected by war, as he does in "Schindler’s List" and now in "The Daughters of Mars," a story of two World War I nurses.Also try: Richard Aldington ("Death of a Hero"), Pat Barker ("Toby’s Room"), Sebastian Barry ("A Long Long Way"), William Boyd ("Waiting for Sunrise") and Elizabeth Speller ("The First of July").


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Live by Night

Live by Night
Lehane, Dennis

Dennis Lehane’s gritty historical thrillers, "The Given Day" and "Live by Night," give readers a front-row seat to the drama that was post–World War I America. Also try: Matt Bondurant ("The Wettest County in the World"), Loren Estleman ("The Confessions of Al Capone"), Tom Franklin ("The Tilted World") and Suzanne Rindell ("The Other Typist").


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Bring up the Bodies: A Novel

Bring up the Bodies: A Novel
Mantel, Hilary

Hilary Mantel’s "Wolf Hall" and "Bring up the Bodies" feature Henry VIII’s court and Thomas Cromwell’s rise and fall in a masterpiece of political intrigue and biographical historical fiction. Also try: C. W. Gortner ("The Tudor Secret"), C. J. Sansom ("Sovereign"), Rose Tremain ("Merivel") and Alison Weir ("The Lady in the Tower").


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Holds: 9 on 24 copies

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The Paris Wife: A Novel

The Paris Wife: A Novel
McLain, Paula

Paula McLain’s insightful and moving biographical novel, "The Paris Wife," envisions Hadley as the perfect supportive wife for the dashing Ernest Hemingway during their time in Paris. Also try: Melanie Benjamin ("The Aviator’s Wife"), Rebecca Dean ("The Shadow Queen"), Therese Fowler ("Z: A Novel of Zelda Fitzgerald"), Karen Mack ("Freud’s Mistress") and Erika Robuck ("Hemingway’s Girl").


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Holds: 1 on 15 copies

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The Second Empress: A Novel of Napoleon's Court

The Second Empress: A Novel of Napoleon's Court
Moran, Michelle

Michelle Moran’s special talent for recreating realistic historical settings and people is evident in "The Second Empress," a portrait of Napoleon’s lavish and dissolute court from the perspectives of three different women. Also try: Carolly Erickson ("The Secret Life of Josephine"), Sandra Gulland (Josephine B. trilogy) and Annemarie Selinko ("Désirée").


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Master and Commander

Master and Commander
O'Brian, Patrick

Patrick O’Brian’s Aubrey and Maturin sea stories, beginning with "Master and Commander," combine the best Napoleonic war adventures and combat details with well-developed, quirky characters whose sea legs and sailors’ argot are authentic and unforgettable. Also try: C. S. Forester, Alexander Kent, S. Thomas Russell, Julian Stockwin, Richard Woodman.


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Holds: 1 on 9 copies

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Lionheart

Lionheart
Penman, Sharon Kay

Sharon Kay Penman’s unique mix of historical accuracy, military strategy, political acumen and deeply moving personal stories create novels that appeal to a wide range of readers. “Lionheart,” about Richard I, is one of the best. Also try: Angus Donald (“King’s Man”), Cecelia Holland (“King’s Witch”) and Jonathan Phillips (“Holy Warriors”).


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A Chain of Thunder: A Novel of the Siege of Vicksburg

A Chain of Thunder: A Novel of the Siege of Vicksburg
Shaara, Jeff

Jeff Shaara’s war stories are told in a compelling voice that draws the reader into a battle both utterly physical and powerfully emotional. “A Chain of Thunder,” about the Siege of Vicksburg, begins a new series.\tAlso try: Jennifer Chiaverini (“The Spymistress”), E. L. Doctorow (“The March”), Howard Mosher (“Walking to Gatlinburg”) and Ralph Peters (“Cain at Gettysburg” and “Hell or Richmond”). "


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