Best Historical British & Irish Literature Books
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1. Sovereign: A Matthew Shardlake Tudor Mystery (Matthew Shardlake Mysteries Book 3)
Author: by C. J. Sansom
February 26, 2008
The third Matthew Shardlake Tudor Mystery by C.J. Sansom, the bestselling author of Winter in Madrid and DominionC.J . Sansom has garnered a wider audience and increased critical praise with each new novel published. His first book in the Matthew Shardlake series, Dissolution, was selected by P.D.
James in The Wall Street Journal as one of her top five all-time favorite books. Now in Sovereign, Shardlake faces the most terrifying threat in the age of Tudor England: imprisonment int he Tower of London. Shardlake and his loyal assistant, Jack Barak, find themselves embroiled in royal intrigue when a plot against King Henry VIII is uncovered in York and a dangerous conspirator they’ve been charged with transporting to London is connected to the death of a local glazer.
2. A Dangerous Fortune
Author: by Ken Follett
September 4, 2008
Epic in its scale, A Dangerous Fortune tells of the dramatic highs and lows of the wealthy Pilaster family from the bestselling author of The Pillars of the Earth, Ken Follett. A Tragic Accident1866: at an exclusive school in Victorian England, a schoolboy drowns in a mysterious accident.
His death and its aftermath will have repercussions for decades to come … A Fierce RivalryThere on that fateful day were Hugh Pilaster and his older cousin Edward, heirs of a powerful banking dynasty with connections that reach from London to far-afield colonies.
A Lethal SecretThe cousins find themselves locked in a vicious competition for the top job at the bank. But the respectable veneer of the family, and even Victorian England itself, looks to shatter as the deadly event from their schooldays threatens everything the Pilasters have built.
3. And Then There Were None: The best-selling murder mystery of all time (Agatha Christie Collection)
Author: by Agatha Christie
October 14, 2010
Agatha Christie’s masterpiece, and the best-selling murder mystery book of all time. Ten strangers, apparently with little in common, are lured to an island mansion off the coast of Devon by a mysterious host. They sit down for dinner and a record begins to play.
The voice of their host accuses each person of hiding a guilty secret. By the end of the night one of them will be dead. Stranded by a violent storm, they begin to die one by one. Each of them is guilty.
But who is the killer?
4. The Murder of Roger Ackroyd: A Hercule Poirot Mystery (Hercule Poirot series Book 4)
Author: by Agatha Christie
William Morrow Paperbacks
March 17, 2009
Voted by the British Crime Writers’ Association as the “Best Crime Novel of all Time”Hercule Poirot comes out of retirement in one of Agatha Christie’s ten favorite novels, The Murder of Rojer Ackroyd. Roger Ackroyd knew too much. He knew that the woman he loved had poisoned her brutal first husband.
He suspected also that someone had been blackmailing her. Then, tragically, came the news that she had taken her own life with an apparent drug overdose. However the evening post brought Roger one last fatal scrap of information, but before he could finish reading the letter, he was stabbed to death.
Luckily one of Roger’s friends and the newest resident to retire to this normally quiet village takes overnone other than Monsieur Hercule Poirot.
5. Fall of Giants (The Century Trilogy, Book 1)
Author: by Ken Follett
August 30, 2011
Ken Follett’s magnificent historical epic begins as five interrelated families move through the momentous dramas of the First World War, the Russian Revolution, and the struggle for women’s suffrage. A thirteen-year-old Welsh boy enters a man’s world in the mining pits….
An American law student rejected in love finds a surprising new career in Woodrow Wilson’s White House…. A housekeeper for the aristocratic Fitzherberts takes a fateful step above her station, while Lady Maud Fitzherbert herself crosses deep into forbidden territory when she falls in love with a German spy….
And two orphaned Russian brothers embark on radically different paths when their plan to emigrate to America falls afoul of war, conscription, and revolution. From the dirt and danger of a coal mine to the glittering chandeliers of a palace, from the corridors of power to the bedrooms of the mighty, Fall of Giants takes us into the inextricably entangled fates of five familiesand into a century that we thought we knew, but that now will never seem the same again….
6. The Paris Spy: A Maggie Hope Mystery
Author: by Susan Elia MacNeal
Bantam (August 8, 2017)
August 8, 2017
NEW YORK TIMES BESTSELLER American-born spy and code-breaker extraordinaire Maggie Hope secretly navigates Nazi-occupied France to find two brave women during the darkest days of World War II in the latest novel in this bestselling seriesa treat for WWII buffs and mystery lovers alike (Booklist, on The Prime Minister’s Secret Agent).
Maggie Hope has come a long way since serving as a typist for Winston Churchill. Now she’s working undercover for the Special Operations Executive in the elegant but eerily silent city of Paris, where SS officers prowl the streets in their Mercedes and the Ritz is draped with swastika banners.
Walking among the enemy is tense and terrifying, and even though she’s disguised in chic Chanel, Maggie can’t help longing for home. But her missions come first. Maggie’s half sister, Elise, has disappeared after being saved from a concentration camp, and Maggie is desperate to find herthat is, if Elise even wants to be found.
Equally urgent, Churchill is planning the Allied invasion of France, and SOE agent Erica Calvert has been captured, the whereabouts of her vital research regarding Normandy unknown. Maggie must risk her life to penetrate powerful circles and employ all her talents for deception and spycraft to root out a traitor, find her sister, and locate the reports crucial to planning D-Day in a deadly game of wits with the Nazi intelligence elite.
7. The Huguenot Connection Trilogy: Books 1 – 3: Includes: Merchants of Virtue, Voyage of Malice, Land of Hope
Author: by Paul C.R. Monk
A trilogy of epic historical adventure complete in one volume. A family torn apart. A king with an iron fist. Will their faith, love and loyalty be strong enough to help them survive war, persecution and a cruel separation?France, 1685.
Jeanne is the wife of a wealthy merchant, but now she risks losing everything. Louis XIV’s soldiers will stop at nothing to convert the country’s Huguenot “heretics” to the “true” faith, yet Jeanne and Jacob hold fast to their principals of liberty of conscience.
But will the punishment for their defiance be more than they can bear? If Jeanne and Jacob can’t find a way to evade the soldiers’ clutches, their family will face a fate worse than poverty and imprisonment. They may never see each other again As Jacob becomes an indentured servant in America and Jeanne earns a meager living in Switzerland, a sudden disruption in European politics leaves their chance of a bittersweet homecoming more doubtful than everWill the Delpech family survive the years of war, piracy and persecution to reunite at last?
8. A Monstrous Regiment of Women: A puzzling mystery for Mary Russell and Sherlock Holmes (A Mary Russell & Sherlock Holmes Mystery Book 2)
Author: by Laurie R. King
Allison & Busby
March 20, 2014
It is 1921 and Mary Russell-Sherlock Holmes’s brilliant apprentice, now an Oxford graduate with a degree in theology – is on the verge of acquiring a sizable inheritance. Independent at last, with a passion for divinity and detective work, her most baffling mystery may now involve Holmes and the burgeoning of a deeper affection between herself and the retired detective.
Russell’s attentions turn to the New Temple of God and its leader, Margery Childe, a charismatic suffragette and a mystic, whose draw on the young theology scholar is irresistible. But when four bluestockings from the Temple turn up dead shortly after changing their wills, could sins of a capital nature be afoot?
Holmes and Russell investigate, as their partnership takes a surprising turn.
9. The Complete Aubrey/Maturin Novels
Author: by Patrick O'Brian
The best historical novels ever written. Richard Snow, New York Times Book Review Patrick O’Brian’s twenty-one-volume Aubrey/Maturin series has delighted generations of devoted fans, inspired a blockbuster film, and sold millions of copies in twenty-four languages. These five omnibus volumes, beautifully produced and boxed, contain 7,000 pages of what has often been described as a single, continuous narrative.
They are a perfect tribute for such a literary achievement, and a perfect gift for the O’Brian enthusiast.
10. Master and Commander (Book 1)
Author: by Patrick O'Brian
The beginning of the sweeping Aubrey-Maturin series. “The best sea story I have ever read.”Sir Francis ChichesterThis, the first in the splendid series of Jack Aubrey novels, establishes the friendship between Captain Aubrey, R.N., and Stephen Maturin, ship’s surgeon and intelligence agent, against a thrilling backdrop of the Napoleonic wars.
Details of a life aboard a man-of-war in Nelson’s navy are faultlessly rendered: the conversational idiom of the officers in the ward room and the men on the lower deck, the food, the floggings, the mysteries of the wind and the rigging, and the roar of broadsides as the great ships close in battle.
11. Shogun: The Epic Novel of Japan (Asian Saga, Book 1) (Asian Saga, 1)
Author: by James Clavell
After Englishman John Blackthorne is lost at sea, he awakens in a place few Europeans know of and even fewer have seen – Nippon. Thrust into the closed society that is seventeenth-century Japan, a land where the line between life and death is razor-thin, Blackthorne must negotiate not only a foreign people, with unknown customs and language, but also his own definitions of morality, truth, and freedom.
As internal political strife and a clash of cultures lead to seemingly inevitable conflict, Blackthorne’s loyalty and strength of character are tested by both passion and loss, and he is torn between two worlds that will each be forever changed.
Powerful and engrossing, capturing both the rich pageantry and stark realities of life in feudal Japan, Shogun is a critically acclaimed powerhouse of a book. Heart-stopping, edge-of-your-seat action melds seamlessly with intricate historical detail and raw human emotion. Endlessly compelling, this sweeping saga captivated the world to become not only one of the best-selling novels of all time but also one of the highest-rated television miniseries, as well as inspiring a nationwide surge of interest in the culture of Japan.
12. In Farleigh Field: A Novel of World War II
Author: by Rhys Bowen
March 1, 2017
Instantly absorbing, suspenseful, romantic, and stylishlike binge-watching a great British drama on Masterpiece Theater. Lee Child, New York Times bestselling authorWinner of the Agatha Award for Best Historical Novel, the Macavity Award for Best Historical Novel, and the Left Coast Crime Award for Best Historical Mystery.
World War II comes to Farleigh Place, the ancestral home of Lord Westerham and his five daughters, when a soldier with a failed parachute falls to his death on the estate. After his uniform and possessions raise suspicions, MI5 operative and family friend Ben Cresswell is covertly tasked with determining if the man is a German spy.
The assignment also offers Ben the chance to be near Lord Westerham’s middle daughter, Pamela, whom he furtively loves. But Pamela has her own secret: she has taken a job at Bletchley Park, the British code-breaking facility. As Ben follows a trail of spies and traitors, which may include another member of Pamela’s family, he discovers that some within the realm have an appalling, history-altering agenda.
13. The Shell Seekers (Flipback Edition)
Author: by Rosamunde Pilcher
September 17, 2009
A PLACE LIKE HOME by Rosamunde Pilcher coming in hardcover in February 2021.Pre-order now. The phenomenal, heartwarming bestseller by the much-loved Rosamunde Pilcher. Artist’s daughter Penelope Keeling can look back on a full and varied life: a Bohemian childhood in London and Cornwall, an unhappy wartime marriage, and the one man she truly loved.
She has brought up three children – and learned to accept them as they are. Yet she is far too energetic and independent to settle sweetly into pensioned-off old-age. And when she discovers that her most treasured possession, her father’s painting, The Shell Seekers, is now worth a small fortune, it is Penelope who must make the decisions that will determine whether her family can continue to survive as a family, or be split apart.
14. Wolf Hall
Author: by Hilary Mantel
WINNER OF THE 2009 MAN BOOKER PRIZEWINNER OF THE NATIONAL BOOK CRITICS CIRCLE AWARD FOR FICTIONA NEW YORK TIMES BESTSELLEREngland in the 1520s is a heartbeat from disaster. If the king dies without a male heir, the country could be destroyed by civil war.
Henry VIII wants to annul his marriage of twenty years and marry Anne Boleyn. The pope and most of Europe opposes him. Into this impasse steps Thomas Cromwell: a wholly original man, a charmer and a bully, both idealist and opportunist, astute in reading people, and implacable in his ambition.
But Henry is volatile: one day tender, one day murderous. Cromwell helps him break the opposition, but what will be the price of his triumph? In inimitable style, Hilary Mantel’s Wolf Hall is “a darkly brilliant reimagining of life under Henry VIII….
Magnificent.” (The Boston Globe).
15. Alice in Wonderland: The Original 1865 Edition With Complete Illustrations By Sir John Tenniel (A Classic Novel of Lewis Carroll)
Author: by Lewis Carroll
And what is the use of a book,” thought Alice, “without pictures or conversation? Lewis Carroll, Alice’s Adventures in WonderlandThis Beautiful edition contains complete original black and white illustrations by Sir John Tenniel. Alice in Wonderland is an 1865 novel by English author Lewis Carroll.
It tells of a young girl named Alice, who falls through a rabbit hole into a subterranean fantasy world populated by peculiar, anthropomorphic creatures. It is considered to be one of the best examples of the literary nonsense genre. The tale plays with logic, giving the story lasting popularity with adults as well as with children.
One of the best-known and most popular works of English-language fiction, its narrative, structure, characters and imagery have been enormously influential in popular culture and literature, especially in the fantasy genre. The work has never been out of print and has been translated into at least 97 languages.
Its ongoing legacy encompasses many adaptations for stage, screen, radio, art, ballet, theme parks, board games and video games. A True Classic that Belongs on Every Bookshelf!
16. Dissolution: A Matthew Shardlake Tudor Mystery (Matthew Shardlake Mysteries Book 1)
Author: by C. J. Sansom
April 27, 2004
From the bestselling author of Winter in Madrid and Dominion comes the exciting and elegantly written first novel in the Matthew Shardlake Tudor Mystery seriesDissolution is an utterly riveting portrayal of Tudor England. The year is 1537, and the country is divided between those faithful to the Catholic Church and those loyal to the king and the newly established Church of England.
When a royal commissioner is brutally murdered in a monastery on the south coast of England, Thomas Cromwell, Henry VIII’s feared vicar general, summons fellow reformer Matthew Shardlake to lead the inquiry. Shardlake and his young protg uncover evidence of sexual misconduct, embezzlement, and treason, and when two other murders are revealed, they must move quickly to prevent the killer from striking again.
A “remarkable debut” (P.D. James), Dissolution introduces a thrilling historical series that is not to be missed by fans of Wolf Hall and Bring Up the Bodies.