Genre Archive : historical fiction

(Genres are usual for categorising stuff but apart from that they mean very little to me, so you might not agree with what I have listed where)

The Grinnell Method

Published – Strange Horizons, Sept 2012. Available to read online here. In 1943 ornithologist Barbara Kenney comes to observe the […]

The hearts of horses
The hearts of horses by Molly Gloss

In the first winter of the Great War Martha Lessen rode into Elwha County. Dolly, the mare she rode, was […]

The Unfortunate Fursey
The Unfortunate Fursey by Mervyn Wall

Fursey is a lay brother in Clonmacnoise. The only monastery in Ireland to be unafflicted by demons and other such […]

Pompeii
Pompeii dir. by Paul W S Anderson

We open with evil Roman soldiers slaughtering the Celtic Horse tribes. With the commander of the Roman soldiers ordering his […]

Girl with a pearl earring
Girl with a pearl earring by Tracy Chevalier

In seventeenth century Holland Griet is about to become a maid. She is sixteen years of age. Her father was […]

Kindred
Kindred by Octavia Butler

It is 1976 and Dana and her husband have just moved into a new home. They’ve only been married four […]

The Book Thief
The Book Thief by Markus Zusak

At the end of the nineteen thirties in Germany a little girl travelled with her mother and brother on the […]

Year of wonders
Year of Wonders by Geraldine Brooks

The year is 1665 and Anna Frith is a widow at only 18 years of age. She has two young […]

The Ghost Bride
The Ghost Bride by Yangsze Choo

Li Lan is seventeen. Her mother died of smallpox when she was very young, her father was so scarred by […]

The Abominable
The Abominable by Dan Simmons

My final read for this year’s RIP In June of 1924 reports from Everest reveal that George Mallory and Andrew […]

The Paris Wife
The Paris Wife by Paula McLain

Before Ernest Hemmingway was the famous author of hie time he was a struggling writer, trying to figure out how […]

Ghost Hawk
Ghost Hawk by Susan Cooper

Little Hawk is about to leave his family and village to go into the woods and live alone for three […]