Top Ten Tuesday: 10 recent additions to my Historical Fiction TBR

For this week’s Top Ten Tuesday (hosted by The Broke and Bookish) we are asked to list our ten most recent additions to our TBR pile in a genre of our choice. The genre I have chosen is historical fiction – no surprises there! A few of these (books 4, 6 and 9) are also on my 20 Books of Summer list, so I’ll be reading those soon.


1. Elizabeth, the Witch’s Daughter by Lynda M Andrews

I already have one or two unread books about Elizabeth I on the TBR and didn’t really need to add another, but I was intrigued when I discovered that Lynda M Andrews is also the Lyn Andrews who wrote The Queen’s Promise, a book I read a few years ago and enjoyed.


2. The Bedlam Stacks by Natasha Pulley

I remember seeing a lot of praise for Natasha Pulley’s first book, The Watchmaker of Filigree Street, but I never got round to actually reading it so was pleased to find her new one available through NetGalley.


3. Claudius the God by Robert Graves

I read I, Claudius last month (my thoughts on that one should be coming soon), so the sequel went straight on my TBR.


4. By Gaslight by Steven Price

This promises to be the sort of atmospheric Victorian mystery novel I would usually enjoy, but now that I have my copy I’m not sure about it. I think the writing style could be a problem for me, but we’ll see!


5. Death in Bordeaux by Allan Massie

I need to read the fourth book in this historical crime series for my Walter Scott Prize project, but I decided to start with the first book as it sounds like a series that should really be read in order.


6. The Silk Merchant’s Daughter by Dinah Jefferies

I loved the last Dinah Jefferies book I read, The Tea Planter’s Wife, and am looking forward to reading this one which is set in 1950s Vietnam.


7. He Who Plays the King by Mary Hocking

I hadn’t heard of this until I saw Ali’s review a few months ago, but it’s set during one of my favourite periods of history – the Wars of the Roses – and I thought it sounded like my sort of book.


8. Viper Wine by Hermione Eyre

Another book I will be reading for the Walter Scott Prize project. I feel a bit wary of this one as it sounds very unusual and experimental. I’m not sure what to expect from it but I’m happy to give it a try.


9. Beneath a Burning Sky by Jenny Ashcroft

I don’t know much about this book, but it’s set in 19th century Egypt which sounds good to me. I’m looking forward to reading it soon for the 20 Books of Summer.


10. The Words in My Hand by Guinevere Glasfurd

This book is set in 17th century Amsterdam and is the story of Helena Jans and her relationship with the philosopher René Descartes. I usually like books set in the Netherlands, so I’m hoping I’ll enjoy this one too.


Have you read any of these books? Do any of them tempt you? Which historical fiction novels have you added to your TBR recently?

17 thoughts on “Top Ten Tuesday: 10 recent additions to my Historical Fiction TBR

  1. Judy Krueger says:

    Some recently released books seem to combine contemporary stories with historical stuff mixed in. One of these is Elizabeth Kostova’s The Shadow Land. I started that last night. I also have on my list : House of Names, by Colm Toibin and The Ministry of Utmost Happiness, Arundhati Roy, which includes history in India.

    • Helen says:

      I read The Shadow Land earlier this year, and yes, it was an interesting portrayal of both contemporary and historical Bulgaria. I’ll look forward to your thoughts on it – and also the Colm Toibin and Arundhati Roy books.

  2. whatmeread says:

    I read Claudius the God years ago, and it is excellent. Viper Wine is a little different but not that experimental. I think you’ll like it. Another series for Walter Scott? I don’t think I have the patience to read three again just to get to the fourth. Maybe if you think they’re really good. Otherwise, I am just planning to read the one that was nominated.

    • Helen says:

      I’m hoping to find that the first book in the Allan Massie series is so good I want to read all four anyway – otherwise I might just skip straight to the last one. I’m glad you think I’ll like Viper Wine. 🙂

  3. Lory @ Emerald City Book Review says:

    The only one I’ve read is Claudius the God, but I just got “Watchmaker” from the library. Hoping Natasha Pulley turns out to be a congenial author for both of us! I like the sound of The Words in My Hand – is it based on a real-life relationship?

    • Helen says:

      I had never heard of Helena Jans, but it seems that she really did have a relationship with Descartes. I’m not sure how much of the book is based on fact and how much is fictional, though. And yes, I hope we both enjoy our Natasha Pulley books!

  4. cirtnecce says:

    Helen…I hope your realize that I added like SEVERAL books to my overflowing TBR!!! LOL!! Seriously, great selections….I will try and get hold of some of them asap!! Happy Reading!

  5. Jo says:

    You will enjoy the Dinah Jeffries one. I have also picked The Bedlam Stacks off netgalley and like you have not read her first one. I’m looking forward to reading it.

    • Helen says:

      I’m looking forward to the Dinah Jefferies book after loving The Tea Planter’s Wife so much. The Bedlam Stacks sounds interesting, doesn’t it?

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