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Historical fiction

These books take you to bygone eras.

Historical fiction overview

A historical novel is set more than fifty years in the past, and based on research rather than personal experience (so an autobiographical novel set during the author's childhood isn't considered historical fiction). These novels usually draw heavily on historical detail; plot and characterization emphasize and reflect the time period, and famous historical figures often appear as well.

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The Armor of Light by Ken Follett
Sisters Under the Rising Sun by Heather Morris
The Women by Kristin Hannah
The Heaven and Earth Grocery Store by James McBride
Let Us Descend by Jesmyn Ward
The Storm We Made by Vanessa Chan
The Hidden Life of Cecily Larson by Ellen Baker
The President's Wife by Tracey Enerson Wood
Becoming Madam Secretary by Stephanie Dray
The Warm Hands of Ghosts by Katherine Arden
The House on Biscayne Bay by Chanel Cleeton
The Hazelbourne Ladies Motorcycle and Flying Club by Helen Simonson
The Sicilian Inheritance by Jo Piazza
All We Were Promised by Ashton Lattimore
My Beloved Life by Amitava Kumar

Books to movies/tv

The Duke and I by Julia Quinn
The Sisters Brothers by Patrick deWitt
The Dig by John Preston
Silence by Shusaku Endo
News of the World by Paulette Jiles
Outlander by Diana Gabaldon
Schindler's List by Thomas Kenneally
The Book of Negroes by Lawrence HIll
Sharpe's Eagle by Bernard Cornwell

War fiction

The Daughters of Mars by Thomas Keneally
The Absolutist by John Boyne
The Tubman Command by Elizabeth Cobbs Hoffman
The Regeneration Trilogy by Pat Barker
Half-Blood Blues by Esi Edugyan
All the Light We Cannot See by Anthony Doerr
The Water Beetles by Michael Kaan
Andersonville by MacKinlay Kantor
At Night All Blood is Black by David Diop

The ancient world

Ariadne by Jennifer Saint
Daughter of Black Lake by Cathy Buchanan
Under the Eagle by Simon Scarrow
A Thousand Ships by Natalie Haynes
Roma by Steven Saylor
Daughters of Sparta by Claire Heywood
Electra by Kerry Greenwood
The King Must Die by Mary Renault
The Virgin's Tale by Sherri Smith

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