Category:

 Historical

Do not believe too quickly...
What if Elizabeth Macarthur-wife of the notorious John Macarthur, wool baron in early Sydney-had written a shockingly frank secret memoir?
In her introduction Kate Grenville tells, tongue firmly in cheek, of discovering a long-hidden b... read more

A Room Made of Leaves (HB)
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Category:

 Historical

Awards: Winner Vogel Award 2020

WINNER OF THE AUSTRALIAN/VOGEL'S LITERARY AWARD
There is a woman, somewhere, here, in Van Diemen's Land, unless she had died or otherwise departed, called Maryanne Maginn.
Gabriel Fox, the young son of an old English ho... read more

A Treacherous Country (Winner 2020 Australian Vogel's Literary Award)

Category:

 Historical

Luke Elliott and Claudia Marsden have fallen in love at a perilous time. The Second World War is raging in the Pacific, barbed wire and gun emplacements are strung along the northern beaches in preparation for invasion. As the war moves closer, their 'sextet' of loyal school friends ... read more

Above the Fold

Category:

 Historical

Reading Level:good
Awards:Shortlisted for International IMPAC Dublin Literary Award 1998 and IMPAC Dublin Literary Award 1998 and Booker Prize for Fiction 1996.

1843. Grace Marks, sixteen, is declared guilty and sentenced to life in prison for participating in the murders of Thomas Kinnear, for whom she was a maid, and Nancy Montgomery, the housekeeper and Thomas' lover. Years later, a group of reformists and spiritualists try to obtain a pardon for her.

Alias Grace

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 Historical

A spellbinding reimagining of 'Sleeping Beauty' set amongst the wild bohemian circle of Pre-Raphaelite artists and poets. The Pre-Raphaelites were determined to liberate art and love from the shackles of convention. Ned Burne-Jones had never had a painting lesson and his famil... read more

Beauty in Thorns

Category:

 Historical

Series:The\Wolf Hall Trilogy Ser.

An astounding literary accomplishment, Bring Up the Bodies is the story of this most terrifying moment of history, by one of our greatest living novelists. ‘Our most brilliant English writer’ Guardian Bring Up the Bodies unlocks the darkl... read more

Bring Up The Bodies (#2 Thomas Cromwell Trilogy)

Category:

 Historical

Who remembers the onlookers on the sidelines of big events? Such bystanders as the deposed queen Vashti, the blood-stained murdering grandmother Athaliah, the bluff soldier in King David's army, or the desperately searching mother Phoebe? In Bystanders Valerie Volk... read more

Bystanders: Echoes of Stories Past

Category:

 Historical

Series:The Tattooist of Auschwitz #2
Reading Level:Adult
Awards:   Longlisted ABIA Awards 2020

The sequel to the International Number One Bestseller The Tattooist of Auschwitz, based on a true story of love and resilience. In 1942 Cilka is just sixteen years old when she is taken to Auschwitz-Birkenau Concentration Camp. The Commandant at Birkenau, Schwarzhuber, notices her l... read more

Cilka's Journey

February 29, 1944: I am about to jump out of an aeroplane for the first time … I don’t care that every man is looking at me as though I don’t belong. Besides, I’m hungover. And I think I mig... read more

Code Name Helene: Based on the thrilling true story of Nancy Wake, 'The White Mouse'

Category:

 Historical

For much of the World War II conflict, Japan had been a safe haven for its citizens, far, far away from Germany's relentless advance in Europe and the daily horrors of such events as the London blitz, concentration camps and the fall of France. But Alex Faure always felt that ... read more

Dragons in the Forest

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 Historical

Birth. Death. Wonder ... One woman's journey to the edge of love and loyalty from the bestselling author of The Lace Weaver London, 1702. When her husband is lost at sea, Mary Burton Gulliver, midwife and herbalist, is forced to rebuild her life without him. But three years ... read more

Gulliver's Wife

Category:

 Historical

Awards:Shortlisted for The Women's Prize for Fiction 2020

A stunning new departure for Maggie O'Farrell's fiction, Hamnet is the heart-stopping story behind Shakespeare's most famous play.
On a summer's day in 1596, a young girl in Stratford-upon-Avon takes to her bed with a fever. Her twin brother, Hamnet, searches everywhere for he... read more

Hamnet