Michael Meehan’s An Ungrateful Instrument is a vivid, lively novel drawing on the history of French music.
Salonika Burning, set on the first world war’s eastern front, grapples with the question of how to represent the loss and absurdity of war.
Fiona McFarlane’s ‘masterful, complicated’ novel explores the exploitative nature of storytelling. She asks us to consider the truth of the tales we tell about ourselves and our identities.
The question behind Tom Keneally’s latest novel is how a political idealist striving for his country’s freedom could end up supporting slavery.
A fictional portrayal of Lucrezia de’ Medici imagines the inner life of a tragic historical figure, but effaces the true complexity of her situation.
A short guide to the Wolf Hall author’s remarkably varied back catalogue.
The Gothic horrorshow of Ottessa Moshfegh’s latest novel has sharply divided critical opinion.
When Stephanie Trigg was a young reader, The Gentle Falcon, set in 1396, introduced her to the beauty and danger of the medieval world.
A blend of fact and fiction, Nimblefoot imagines the life of a long forgotten Australian sporting hero.
The Pulitzer Prize winning writer’s latest novel, based on the true story of a champion thoroughbred, represents historical fiction at its best.
A new historical novel, redolent of the masterful writing of Henry James and Charlotte Brontë, explores the themes of loss, alienation and displacement.
The Nobel Laureate’s new experimental epic is a masterful account of the life of a self-proclaimed Messiah.
Best known for his big historical novels, Scott was also a bestselling poet and a fine short-story writer who brought a vivid portrayal of Scots and Scotland to the world.
Mantel’s prize-winning novels put imaginary flesh on the skeletal historical record and gives us the complete picture of the Tudor courtier.
A list of 5 great reads for young critical thinkers and the adults in their lives — in time for holiday gift-giving.
A great movie that gets some of its history wrong is way better than an accurate film that puts people to sleep.
How 4,000-year-old papyrus letters prompted the queen of crime fiction to write Death Comes as the End.
What might be the purpose of historical fiction? Perhaps to the humble and subtle to recognise and pay tribute to lives that came before us.
The Booker Prize-winning novelist’s Reith lectures explore the complex relationship between historical fact and fiction.
The BBC’s Taboo is a timely reminder of the violent origins of globalisation, but its villains allow the viewer to disassociate imperial misdeeds from mainstream British history.