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Historical Fiction

  • Turncoat

    Colin MacIver

    Struggling writer, Daniel Baker, grandson of the great Daniel Defoe, wants to make his mark by unravelling the mystery behind the disastrous collapse of plans for a second descent on Britain by Bonnie Prince Charlie following his failed 1745 campaign. This later debacle ended Stuart hopes of controlling British destiny and hastened Charles' decline into drunkenness and sexual dissipation.  

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  • Five Years on Pelion, Ten Years at Troy

    Will Roberts

    Minor Greek heroes, Epistrophus and Schedius, are left behind by their father when he goes with Jason and the Argonauts who are setting sail in search of the Golden Fleece. The two young heroes are left in a beautiful part of Greece called Pelion. They are under the guidance of Cheiron, who teaches them about many of the legendary Greek heroes. He tells stories of their bravery, their triumphs and their failures.

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  • The Last Kanaka

    Jim Brigginshaw

    When Arthur and Sarah Cunningham and their two children set sail for the far shores of Australia, they have no idea what is ahead of them. The journey itself would be challenging enough, but the deprivations of the long sea passage from Plymouth start to pale into insignificance when they find themselves marooned on a quarantine island off the coast of the promised land. After tragedy strikes, no

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  • Cry Quietly

    Mike Musgrave

    An enthralling tale set in wartime Australia, Cry Quietly is a story that will keep you turning the pages until the very end. A tale of romance, fulfilment, violence and dark secrets, we follow Rita, a member of the WRAAF who falls for Tom, the man she ultimately marries.   But married life isn't the happy time Rita was hoping for, and it soon becomes more about stru

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  • Mountjoy: The Reluctant Recruit

    Graham Lowe

    Sylvian Mountjoy was one of those rare breeds of men who was quite happy in life and found very little to complain about. When he is pressed into service against his will and awakes bound in a ship with no idea where he is headed, he panics. What will happen to Mary, his wife? Will he ever see her again? As a clerk, he shouldn't be here, it was not allowed to happen! Meanwhile, Mary learns th

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  • 'O Contrabandista' The Smuggler

    Ada Ronald Thomas

    Tom and Aaron were looking forward to meeting their friends at Missus Musty's well-known coffee house in Chepstow on the last market day before Christmas. It was while they were all in there, enjoying her famous pies, that they chanced upon Rigo, a bold Brazilian sailor seeking his fortune, who thought smuggling might gain him some ready cash. Shocked, the friends warned him against such a ve

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  • Noema

    Dael Akkerman

    This is a story about some things that happened to me about twelve thousand years ago." With these words, the narrator begins her account of events set at the crucial point in human evolution, when hunter-gathering began to be abandoned as way of life just as the first signs of organized religion emerged. Who or what the narrator is, and how she can speak to us today of events in ou

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  • Facing Fearful Odds

    Penny Claxton

    It is 1914, and Victoria Standish returns home to find her brother, Max, keen to join the impending war in Europe as a Light Horseman. Australia is far away from the conflict, but Victoria is thrilled at the prospect of nursing beyond the safe confines of her local community. In London, the Earl and Countess of Hadleigh are also preparing for war. Their son, Gerald, is commissioned in the Coldstr

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  • The First Village

    Ian M. Evans

    Wales AD 383 is the most remote province of Roman-occupied Britain, colonised for over 300 years. Magnus Maximus, known to the Celts as Macsen Wledig, has grown restless with his role as general of the Roman army in Britannia. His nights are broken by dreams of an impossibly beautiful Welsh maiden. He sets his sights on moving his legions out of Britannia to challenge Gratianus - the emperor of the Western Roman E

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  • James Owen

    Ann Veale

    Based on the life of the author's great-grandfather, James Owen is the account of one man's life and the trials that he has to face. His parents are a loving couple, very proud of their firstborn, a clever and honourable boy. His academic ability is recognised by the local vicar and James teaches his school's younger children.   But the reality of his life is

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  • Harold the King

    Richard Rowley

    England, 1036, and the sons of the late King Aethelred, Alfred and Edward, are returning after living abroad for twenty years. King Cnut has died and his illegitimate son, Danish Harald, has taken the throne. But their return to England has been watched, and Thored, the reeve of the evil Earl Godwine, has been spying from a distance. As Edward stays on the ship, and Alfred is joined by Big Aelfri

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  • All the Little Birds

    G E Banfield

    All the Little Birds is a book that teems with imagery, darkness, secrets, wonder and the loss of childhood innocence, set in the backdrop of racial tensions dividing London throughout 1970s and early 1980s England. Within her world of lyrical content, spirit ancestors, fantastical stories and mystery, we meet young Mary who tries to manage the familiar and unfamiliar taking place in her life and hom

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