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historical fiction set in britain

50 historical fiction novels set in england, wales, scotland, and ireland through the centuries!

i know there’s tons of books out there but these were chosen as a starting point for people looking for fiction spanning the last 1,000 years. happy reading!

books that span centuries

11th century

12th century

13th century

14th century

15th century

16th century

17th century

18th century

19th century

20th century

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Bridesheadesque books

I’ve compiled a list of novels that may appeal to fans of Brideshead Revisited because of their similar vibe, setting, themes, characters etc.:

  • L. P. Hartley, The Go-Between,
  • Rosamond Lehmann, Dusty Answer,
  • Rosamond Lehmann, Invitation to the Waltz,
  • Alan Hollinghurst, The Stranger’s Child,
  • J. L. Carr, A Month in the Country,
  • Kate Morton, The House at Riverton,
  • Radclyffe Hall, The Well of Loneliness,
  • E. M. Forster, Maurice,
  • E. M. Forster, Howards End,
  • John Knowles, A Separate Peace,
  • Christopher Isherwood, The Memorial,
  • Susan Hill, The Bird of Night,
  • Sylvia Townsend Warner, Lolly Willowes,
  • Virginia Woolf, Mrs. Dalloway,
  • Michael Cunningham, The Hours,
  • P. G. Wodehouse, the Jeeves series,
  • L. M. Montgomery, the Emily series,
  • Ian McEwan, Atonement.
Book List

Books that have been recommended to me so far:

  • Dark Matter by Blake Crouch
  • The Rise and Fall of D.O.D.O. by Neal Stephenson and Nicole Galland
  • The Discovery of Witches trilogy by Deborah Harkness 
  • The Black Magician trilogy by Trudi Canavan 
  • After River by Donna Milner
  • My Vintage Summer by Jane Elmor
  • The Forgotten Garden by Kate Morton
  • The House at Riverton by Kate Morton
  • The Graveyard Book by Neil Gaiman
  • Good Omens by Neil Gaiman and Terry Pratchett
  • The Bartimaeus Sequence by Jonathan Stroud
  • His Dark Materials trilogy by Phillip Pullman
  • The Long Way to a Small, Angry Planet by Becky Chambers 
  • Honor Harrington series by David Weber
  • The Deed of Paksenarrion by Elizabeth Moon
  • The Catch Trap by Marion Zimmer Bradley
  • Astrophysics For People In A Hurry by Neil deGrasse Tyson
  • Night Film by Marisha Pessl
  • Camille trilogy by Pierre Lemaitre 
    • read in order: Irene, Alex, Camille
  • The Farseer trilogy by Robin Hobb
  • The Tawny Man trilogy by Robin Hobb
  • The Fitz and the Fool trilogy by Robin Hobb
  • Stravaganza series by Mary Hoffman (6 books)
  • The Heir Chronicles by Cinda Williams Chima (3 books)
  • Struck series by Joss Stirling (3 books)
  • The Haunting of Alaizabel Cray by Chris Wooding
  • The Abhorsen Trilogy by Garth Nix

Authors that have been recommended to me so far:

  • Neil Gaiman
  • Christopher Moore
  • Naomi Novik
  • Gillian Flynn
  • Garth Nix (short stories)

Please feel free to send me more book recs :)

Summer Recommendations

Let’s consider this to be a much revised and improved version of last year’s list? Seeing as many of these are actually summery books or at least take place during or feel like summer whereas many of last year’s were just good to read over the summer. 

  • I Capture the Castle - Dodie Smith
  • Brideshead Revisited - Evelyn Waugh 
  • Mrs Dalloway - Virginia Woolf
  • The Bell Jar - Sylvia Plath
  • This Side of Paradise - F. Scott Fitzgerald
  • Save Me the Waltz - Zelda Fitzgerald
  • A Midsummer Night’s Dream - Shakespeare
  • Atonement - Ian McEwan
  • The Goldfinch - Donna Tartt 
  • Birds Without Wings - Louis de Bernières 
  • Northanger Abbey - Jane Austen 
  • The Painted Veil - W. Somerset Maugham 
  • Summer - Edith Wharton
  • Wide Sargasso Sea - Jean Rhys
  • Hudson River Bracketed - Edith Wharton 
  • My Cousin Rachel - Daphne du Maurier
  • The Portrait of a Lady - Henry James 
  • The House at Riverton - Kate Morton 
  • Arcadia - Tom Stoppard 
  • The Namesake - Jhumpa Lahiri 
  • Flappers and Philosophers - F. Scott Fitzgerald 
  • The Help - Kathryn Stockett 
I want to be independent. To meet interesting people. … I just mean new people with clever things to say. Things I’ve never heard before. I want to be free. Open to whatever adventure comes along and sweeps me off my feet.
—  Kate Morton, The House at Riverton