/Historical Novels
  • Bitter Orange

    Claire Fuller

    The narrator observes her downstairs neighbours through the floor of her attic room in a dilapidated country house in 1969. Compelling and atmospheric.

    Hardback £14.99
  • They Hanged My Saintly Billy

    Robert Graves

    A re-issue of Graves’s historical novel about Dr William Palmer, tried for poisoning in 1856; a deft portrayal with multiple perspectives.

    Paperback £12.99
  • The Great Level

    Stella Tillyard

    Set in 1649, between the Fens where a Dutchman arrives to work on a drainage project and falls in love, and the New World.

    Hardback £16.99
  • The Corner That Held Them

    Sylvia Townsend Warner

    A beautiful historical novel by a criminally under-read female writer. Published in 1948, Warner’s invented history of a Norfolk convent from 1170 to 1382 is a real masterpiece. A vivid and slippery account of the action of time.

    Paperback £8.99
  • Love Is Blind

    William Boyd

    Set in the late C19th: a young Scottish piano tuner goes to Paris, then St Petersburg, as he follows his tortuous love affair with a beautiful Russian soprano.

    Hardback £18.99
  • Bright Young Dead

    Jessica Fellowes

    The second instalment of period pleasures in the 1920s. The first was ‘The Mitford Murders’; this time we share the company of the hedonistic Bright Young Things. Bohemian aristocrats, extravagant treasure hunts, tabloids and murder.

    Hardback £12.99
  • Varina

    Charles Frazier

    A fine new novel about the American Civil War, from the author of ‘Cold Mountain’.

    Hardback £20.00
  • Tombland

    C J Sansom

    The seventh Shardlake novel. Set in 1549, two years after the death of Henry VIII. The history in these splendid historical whodunnits is excellent.

    Hardback £20.00
  • Painter to the King

    Amy Sackville

    A fictionalized account of the life of Diego Velazquez in the court of Philip IV. The artist stalks the dark and mysterious corridors of the palace, spying and studying a princess, a jester, a maid, a horse. These pictures are beautifully evoked through Sackville’s mesmeric and thoughtful prose. Meanwhile the machinations of the court swirl around him as the tragic reign of the ‘Planet King’ unfolds. Beguiling, lyrical and melancholy.

    Hardback £14.99