Best Historical Fiction

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13,543 members
652 reviews
4
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12,975 members
289 reviews
4
34 Members
Ravic, starfishian, Nickelini, charl08, varielle, thorold, kiwiflowa, Cariola, rainpebble, olgakm, roby72, merrystar, deldevries, calm, thecoroner, LisaMaria_C, Doey, alex68, Twixi, peterveen, gypsysmom, ahef1963, leslie.98, kara.shamy, jaromdl, madhatter73, Laura1124, nerdytreefairy, ShawIslandLibrary, Katie1949, fredasteele, FranzK72, ManWithAnAgenda, steller0707,elkiedee
Explanations
elkiedee : I absolutely loved this when I read it but it was over 30 years ago now. I should reread, and would recommend to people who love historical fiction. I am thumbing it down because it's not a historical novel, it is a dual narrative story with a large part set in the past, but also a novel largely set in the author's present at the time of writing (late 1980s, published 1990).
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5,925 members
226 reviews
3.9
28 Members
karen_o, Ravic, Fourpawz2, kiwiflowa, melonbrawl, rainpebble, merrystar, skyrad43, LisaMaria_C, ValLloyd, Doey, bfkendrick, peterveen, gypsysmom, ahef1963, leslie.98, GerrysBookshelf, Lyn5r, cvogt, ryaSilvia, DDreawriter, Laura1124, Maybelline, Asimina.Palaiou, MarleneMacke, fredasteele, ManWithAnAgenda, steller0707,elkiedee
Explanations
elkiedee : I love this novel - but it's not historical fiction - it's a mostly contemporary novel with historical appeal. The main character is a 20th century police detective convalescing in bed and "investigating" the case of Richard III and the Princes in the Tower, but it's set in the author's present day.
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40,087 members
527 reviews
4.1
25 Members
Edward, hipdeep, .Monkey., chgstrom, sjmccreary, richgatlin, skyrad43, freetrader, brenzi, elkiedee, Doey, Twixi, peterveen, Himalmitra, gypsysmom, RobPoulton, nagasravika.bodapati, bcrowl399, Lyn5r, sugandh, ryaSilvia, Laura1124, Asimina.Palaiou, ShawIslandLibrary, KarlaC,kiwiflowa ,aulsmith ,sturlington ,leslie.98
Explanations
aulsmith : Doesn't meet my definition of historical fiction.
sturlington : Took place during the author's lifetime and based partly on his experiences.
elkiedee: Historical fiction is set in the past but it can be a period within the author's lifetime - the past can look very different from 25 or 40 years later. I hope no one who argues this isn't a historical novel believes that either Possession or The Daughter of Time, both above this in the list, are historical fiction. They are brilliant novels which I would recommend to fans of historical fiction but they are both contemporary novels with significant interest for historical fiction readers.
leslie.98 : Not historical fiction
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27,191 members
631 reviews
4.1
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403 reviews
4.1
30 Members
kageeh, Nickelini, kiwiflowa, rainpebble, Cecrow, roby72, sjmccreary, richgatlin, DeltaQueen50, deldevries, brenzi, michalsuz, thecoroner, elkiedee, kcorrea, Ameise1, Doey, Twixi, peterveen, John_Vaughan, Himalmitra, gypsysmom, jaysbooks, ahef1963, GerrysBookshelf, ryaSilvia, Laura1124, rplinke, fredasteele, KarlaC,longway ,smcwl ,aulsmith ,lewbs ,Matteocalosi ,leigonj ,Luisali ,leslie.98
Explanations
smcwl : Not written as historical fiction.
elkiedee: I think historical fiction can be set in the relatively recent past. 10 years after the war writers in countries on all sides might well have had a very different perspective on those events. I would have no problem regarding a novel written this year but about the Iraq war that started in 2003 and ending before this, as historical fiction. Or a book set in Britain under the last Labour government, or the US just after Obama was elected or reelected, as historical fiction. I think it might be a bit soon to consider a pandemic novel historical fiction, but maybe within 5 years it will be part of our history.
Matteocalosi : Partly autobiographical and written only 10 years after the end of the war, not historical fiction
leslie.98 : Not historical fiction
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27,877 members
381 reviews
4
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854 reviews
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6,575 members
150 reviews
4.1
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1,695 members
28 reviews
3.9
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34,386 members
475 reviews
4.1
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17,746 members
683 reviews
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16,311 members
288 reviews
4.1
19 Members
eshaw27, rainpebble, Cecrow, merrystar, deldevries, elkiedee, ValLloyd, Doey, cej1027, gypsysmom, ahef1963, NinieB, Alice-W-Greene, DDreawriter, Laura1124, This-n-That, Daviette, fredasteele, KarlaC,aulsmith ,sturlington ,ManWithAnAgenda
Explanations
aulsmith : Not historical fiction by my definition.
elkiedee: It was written several decades after it was set, perhaps more than 50 years later, and while it was somewhat autobiographical it was also fictionalised and presented as a novel. Although it's loosely based on the author's life and that of her family, lots of details have been changed, added, left out and this is historical fiction.
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2,683 members
55 reviews
3.9
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2,959 members
90 reviews
4.2
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5,267 members
294 reviews
½ 3.7
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13,876 members
264 reviews
4
17 Members
rainpebble, Cecrow, roby72, thecoroner, cfk, Doey, gypsysmom, al.vick, ahef1963, leslie.98, NinieB, jaromdl, Laura1124, fredasteele, CharleneLB, KarlaC, Kathyk22,aulsmith
Explanations
aulsmith : Not historical fiction by my definition.
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6,950 members
346 reviews
½ 4.3
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1,777 members
39 reviews
4
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5,311 members
90 reviews
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16 Members
karen_o, Ravic, varielle, rainpebble, DeltaQueen50, deldevries, Doey, Bluewolf0411, Twixi, John_Vaughan, ElectricPhase, bcrowl399, jaromdl, ShawIslandLibrary, fredasteele, cindyi1218,longway ,aulsmith ,Matteocalosi ,RobPoulton
Explanations
longway: It is a thriller novel about an attempt to kill French President De Gaulle, written aroud ten years later the real attempt which inspire the novel
Matteocalosi : Not historical fiction
RobPoulton : contemporary adventure fiction
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1,374 members
22 reviews
4
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12,733 members
231 reviews
3.9
14 Members
Nickelini, charl08, Cariola, rainpebble, sturlington, Twixi, gypsysmom, ahef1963, kara.shamy, jaromdl, madhatter73, mspixieears, ShawIslandLibrary, fredasteele,aulsmith ,oakdale
Explanations
aulsmith : This is a mix of historical and contemporary fiction. I would have preferred it to be one or the other.