This website is a treasure trove of interviews of experts about about the five best books in their topic. This posting by them is unusual as it combines a number of lists and links to related interviews for different categories of historical fiction. Enjoy.
Here is our collection of expert book recommendations of the best historical fiction: engaging reading lists for fans of historical novels seeking to be immersed in times past.
If you’re looking for the best new books in this genre, a great place to start is the annual Walter Scott Prize for Historical Fiction. Our deputy editor Cal Flyn speaks to the chair of the judges every year – they read dozens of submissions so as to compile a shortlist of the best new historical novels every year.
If you’re looking for classic works of historical fiction, we have recommendations from bestselling novelist, Vanora Bennett, who chose the the best historical novels ever published. Zimbabwean novelist Tendai Huchu chose his top hf books, including three set in Africa.
In terms of specific time periods, it came up so often that we have a list of highly recommended novels set in the Second World War.
Many of the world’s leading historians have made reading lists for Five Books, and here are some historical fiction recommendations by historians. These are good books if you enjoy historically accurate fiction.
Probably our most-recommended author in this genre is Hilary Mantel, who has twice triumphed at the Booker Prize with the first two instalments of her Thomas Cromwell trilogy, Wolf Hall and Bring Up the Bodies. The third book in the trilogy, The Mirror and the Light, which charts Cromwell’s inevitable demise, was published in early 2020 and was included in Cal Flyn’s selection of the favourite novels of 2020.
Historical fiction is great for any reader who enjoys both history – and a good, atmospheric story to pull you along too.