Living in the Past: The Best Historical Fiction
So you've made quick work of the 1,000 pages of The Mirror & the Light, the triumphant final part of Hilary Mantel's multi-award winning Wolf Hall trilogy, and now find yourself with a Cromwell-sized hole in your literary life. But fear not, because there is a wealth of historical fiction of the highest calibre available and we have detailed the very best below.
Admittance to this literary court is rigorous and demanding; only the finest, most immersive and exquisitely crafted novels gain Waterstones’ regal patronage. From the primal stench of pre-Revolutionary Paris to the counting houses of a nascent New York, and from the bestial squalor of eighteenth-century Yorkshire to the expansive myths of the American West, these are period dramas to lose yourself in.
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