The best C. J. Sansom books, ranked

The best C. J. Sansom books, ranked

From Tudor England to Civil War Spain and even a reimagined 20th-century Britain, C. J. Sansom’s nine novels have captivated readers and made the author one of the best-known 21st-century writers of historical fiction…

60 of the best historical fiction books

60 of the best historical fiction books

Welcome to our ultimate guide to 60 of the best historical fiction books. This detailed collation of novels has something for everyone, whether you love action and adventure, mystery and intrigue, romance and passion, or a combination of them all.

20 of the best historical romance novels

20 of the best historical romance novels

As much as the historical fiction genre is rage-fuelled warfare and political intrigue, there’s also a significant place for romance. It’s often what fuels conflict, bolsters character development and heals our protagonists’ wounded outlook upon the world.

30 of the best historical mystery and thriller books

30 of the best historical mystery and thriller books

Mystery or thriller? Thriller or mystery? The two genres have much in common, and sometimes the distinction is just too fine to draw. Whether it’s a locked-room mystery with an unlikely investigator, or a serial killer evading a hard-boiled police detective, there’s a real page-turning thrill as we follow the clues and move ever closer to the final ‘whodunnit’ revelation…

16 of the best Viking historical fiction books

16 of the best Viking historical fiction books

In many ways, the Vikings invented historical fiction.

The classic definition of the genre is that it takes major events from history and makes them the backdrop for the characters in the tale to interact across. This was exactly what the medieval writers of the Icelandic Sagas did…

Review: You Will Be Safe Here

Review: You Will Be Safe Here

I’ll be honest, this is not something I would normally read. My normal book pile has either sword fights or gruff and rugged protagonists who shoot first and ask questions later. Preferably both. (I’m looking at you Richard Sharpe!)…