Reading Lists

I’m very good at starting to read a new series, but not so good at remembering to continue with it! The lists below are to help me keep track of the series I currently have in progress.

Anthony Trollope – The Palliser Novels

Can You Forgive Her?
Phineas Finn
The Eustace Diamonds
Phineas Redux
The Prime Minister
The Duke’s Children

Maurice Druon – The Accursed Kings

The Iron King

The Strangled Queen
The Poisoned Crown
The Royal Succession
The She-Wolf
The Lily and the Lion
The King Without a Kingdom

Elizabeth Peters – Amelia Peabody

Crocodile on the Sandbank
Curse of the Pharaohs
The Mummy Case
Lion in the Valley
Deeds of the Disturber
The Last Camel Died at Noon
The Snake, the Crocodile, and the Dog
The Hippopotamus Pool
Seeing a Large Cat
The Ape Who Guards the Balance
The Falcon at the Portal
He Shall Thunder in the Sky
Lord of the Silent
The Golden One
Children of the Storm
Guardian of the Horizon
The Serpent on the Crown
Tomb of the Golden Bird
A River in the Sky

CJ Sansom – Matthew Shardlake

Dark Fire

Laurie R. King – Mary Russell series

The Beekeeper’s Apprentice
A Monstrous Regiment of Women
A Letter of Mary
The Moor
O Jerusalem
Justice Hall
The Game
Locked Rooms
The Language of Bees
The God of the Hive
Beekeeping for Beginners
Pirate King
Garment of Shadows
Dreaming Spies

Philippa Carr – Daughters of England

The Miracle At St. Bruno’s
The Lion Triumphant
Witch from the Sea

Saraband for Two Sisters
Lament for a Lost Lover
The Love Child
The Song of the Siren
The Drop of the Dice
The Adulteress
Zipporah’s Daughter
Voices in A Haunted Room
The Return of the Gypsy
Midsummer’s Eve
The Pool of Saint Branok
The Changeling
The Black Swan
A Time for Silence
The Gossamer Cord
We’ll Meet Again

Christopher Fowler – Bryant and May

Full Dark House
The Water Room
Seventy-Seven Clocks
Ten-Second Staircase
White Corridor
The Victoria Vanishes
Bryant and May on the Loose
Bryant and May off the Rails
Bryant and May and the Memory of Blood
Bryant and May and the Invisible Code
Bryant and May and the Bleeding Heart
Bryant and May and the Burning Man
London’s Glory
Strange Tide

Patrick O’Brian – Aubrey/Maturin

Master and Commander
Post Captain
HMS Surprise
The Mauritius Command
Desolation Island
The Fortune of War
The Surgeon’s Mate
The Ionian Mission
Treason’s Harbour
The Far Side of the World
The Reverse of the Medal
The Letter of Marque
The Thirteen Gun Salute
The Nutmeg of Consolation
Clarissa Oakes
The Wine-Dark Sea
The Commodore
The Yellow Admiral
The Hundred Days
Blue at the Mizzen
The Final Unfinished Voyage of Jack Aubrey

Baroness Orczy – The Scarlet Pimpernel

The Laughing Cavalier
The First Sir Percy
The Scarlet Pimpernel
Sir Percy Leads the Band
The League of the Scarlet Pimpernel
I Will Repay
The Elusive Pimpernel
Mam’zelle Guillotine
Lord Tony’s Wife
The Way of the Scarlet Pimpernel
Sir Percy Hits Back
Adventures of the Scarlet Pimpernel
The Triumph of the Scarlet Pimpernel
A Child of the Revolution
The Pimpernel and Rosemary
The Life & Exploits of the Scarlet Pimpernel
The Scarlet Pimpernel Looks at the World


There are also some very prolific authors whose books I am slowly working my way through. I am listing some of them here to keep track of which titles I’ve read so far.

Agatha Christie

The Mysterious Affair At Styles
The Secret Adversary
The Murder On The Links
Poirot Investigates
The Man In The Brown Suit
The Secret Of Chimneys
The Murder Of Roger Ackroyd
The Big Four
The Mystery Of The Blue Train
Partners in Crime
The Seven Dials Mystery
The Murder at the Vicarage
The Mysterious Mr. Quin
The Sittaford Mystery
Peril At End House
The Thirteen Problems
Lord Edgware Dies
The Hound Of Death
Murder On The Orient Express
Parker Pyne Investigates
The Listerdale Mystery
Why Didn’t They Ask Evans?
Death In The Clouds
Three Act Tragedy
Cards On The Table
Murder In Mesopotamia
The ABC Murders
Death On The Nile
Dumb Witness
Murder In The Mews
Appointment With Death
Hercule Poirot’s Christmas
Murder Is Easy
And Then There Were None
The Regatta Mystery
One, Two, Buckle My Shoe
Sad Cypress
Evil Under The Sun
N or M ?
Five Little Pigs
The Body In The Library
The Moving Finger
Towards Zero
Death Comes As The End
Sparkling Cyanide
The Hollow
The Labours Of Hercules
Taken At The Flood
The Witness For The Prosecution
Crooked House
A Murder Is Announced
Three Blind Mice And Other Stories
The Underdog And Other Stories
They Came To Baghdad
Mrs. McGinty’s Dead
They Do It With Mirrors
A Pocket Full Of Rye
After The Funeral
Destination Unknown
Hickory Dickory Dock
Dead Man’s Folly
4:50 From Paddington
Ordeal By Innocence
Cat Among The Pigeons
The Adventure Of The Christmas Pudding
The Pale Horse
The Mirror Crack’d From Side To Side
The Clocks
A Caribbean Mystery
At Bertram’s Hotel
Third Girl
Endless Night
By The Pricking Of My Thumbs
Hallowe’en Party
Passenger To Frankfurt
The Golden Ball And Other Stories
Elephants Can Remember
Postern Of Fate
Poirot’s Early Cases
Sleeping Murder
Miss Marple’s Final Cases And Two Other Stories
Problem at Pollensa Bay and Other Stories
As Mary Westmacott:
Giant’s Bread
Unfinished Portrait
Absent in the Spring
The Rose and the Yew Tree
A Daughter’s a Daughter
The Burden

Georgette Heyer

The Black Moth
Powder and Patch
These Old Shades
The Masqueraders
Devil’s Cub
The Convenient Marriage
Regency Buck
The Talisman Ring
An Infamous Army
The Spanish Bride
The Corinthian
Faro’s Daughter
Friday’s Child
The Reluctant Widow
The Foundling
The Grand Sophy
The Quiet Gentleman
The Toll-Gate
Bath Tangle
Sprig Muslin
April Lady
The Unknown Ajax
Pistols for Two (read as reissue – Snowdrift and Other Stories)
A Civil Contract
The Nonesuch
False Colours
Black Sheep
Cousin Kate
Charity Girl
Lady of Quality
The Great Roxhythe
Simon the Coldheart
The Conqueror
Royal Escape
My Lord John
Footsteps in the Dark
Why Shoot a Butler?
The Unfinished Clue
Death in the Stocks
Behold, Here’s Poison
They Found Him Dead
A Blunt Instrument
No Wind of Blame
Envious Casca
Duplicate Death
Detection Unlimited

Elizabeth Chadwick

The Wild Hunt
The Running Vixen
The Leopard Unleashed
Children of Destiny
Shields of Pride
First Knight
The Conquest
The Champion
The Love Knot
The Marsh King’s Daughter
Lords of the White Castle
The Winter Mantle
The Falcons of Montabard
Shadows And Strongholds
The Greatest Knight
The Scarlet Lion
A Place Beyond Courage
The Time of Singing
To Defy A King
Lady of the English
The Summer Queen
The Winter Crown
The Autumn Throne
Templar Silks
The Irish Princess
The Coming of the Wolf
A Marriage of Lions

Sharon Penman

The Sunne in Splendour
Here Be Dragons
Falls the Shadow
The Reckoning
When Christ and His Saints Slept
Time and Chance
Devil’s Brood
A King’s Ransom
The Land Beyond the Sea
The Queen’s Man
Cruel as the Grave
Dragon’s Lair
Prince of Darkness

Rafael Sabatini

The Lovers of Yvonne
The Tavern Knight
Bardelys the Magnificent
The Trampling of the Lilies
The Shame of Motley
St. Martin’s Summer
Mistress Wilding
The Lion’s Skin
The Strolling Saint
The Gates of Doom
The Sea Hawk
The Snare
Captain Blood
Fortune’s Fool
The Carolinian
Bellarion the Fortunate
The Nuptials of Corbal
The Hounds of God
The Romantic Prince
The Reaping
The King’s Minion
Scaramouche the King-Maker
Captain Blood Returns
The Black Swan
The Stalking Horse
Venetian Masque
The Fortunes of Captain Blood
The Lost King
The Sword of Islam
The Marquis of Carabas
King In Prussia
The Gamester

Shakespeare’s Histories

I have also decided that I would like to read Shakespeare’s history plays in chronological order. These are as follows:

King John
Richard II
Henry IV Part I
Henry IV Part II
Henry V
Henry VI Part I
Henry VI Part II
Henry VI Part III
Richard III
Henry VIII

Persephone Books

And here is a list of books published by Persephone Books:

William – an Englishman by Cicely Hamilton
Mariana by Monica Dickens
Someone at a Distance by Dorothy Whipple
Fidelity by Susan Glaspell
An Interrupted Life: The Diaries and Letters of Etty Hillesum 1941-43 by Etty Hillesum
The Victorian Chaise-longue by Marghanita Laski
The Home-Maker by Dorothy Canfield Fisher
Good Evening, Mrs Craven: The Wartime Stories of Mollie Panter-Downes by Mollie Panter-Downes
Few Eggs and No Oranges by Vere Hodgson
Good Things in England by Florence White
Julian Grenfell by Nicholas Mosley
It’s Hard to Be Hip Over Thirty by Judith Viorst
Consequences by E M Delafield
Farewell Leicester Square by Betty Miller
Tell It to a Stranger by Elizabeth Berridge
Saplings by Noel Streatfeild
Marjory Fleming by Oriel Malet
Every Eye by Isobel English
They Knew Mr Knight by Dorothy Whipple
A Woman’s Place: 1910-75 by Ruth Adam
Miss Pettigrew Lives for a Day by Winifred Watson
Consider the Years by Virginia Graham
Reuben Sachs by Amy Levy
Family Roundabout by Richmal Crompton
The Montana Stories by Katherine Mansfield
Brook Evans by Susan Glaspell
The Children who Lived in a Barn by Eleanor Graham
Little Boy Lost by Marghanita Laski
The Making of a Marchioness by Frances Hodgson Burnett
Kitchen Essays by Agnes Jekyll
A House in the Country by Jocelyn Playfair
The Carlyles at Home by Thea Holme
The Far Cry by Emma Smith
Minnie’s Room: The Peacetime Stories of Mollie Panter-Downes by Mollie Panter-Downes
Greenery Street by Denis Mackail
Lettice Delmer by Susan Miles
The Runaway by Elizabeth Anna Hart
Cheerful Weather for the Wedding by Julia Strachey
Manja by Anna Gmeyner
The Priory by Dorothy Whipple
Hostages to Fortune by Elizabeth Cambridge
The Blank Wall by Elisabeth Sanxay Holding
The Wise Virgins by Leonard Woolf
Tea with Mr Rochester by Frances Towers
Good Food on the Aga by Ambrose Heath
Miss Ranskill Comes Home by Barbara Euphan Todd
The New House by Lettice Cooper
The Casino by Margaret Bonham
Bricks and Mortar by Helen Ashton
The World that was Ours by Hilda Bernstein
Operation Heartbreak by Duff Cooper
The Village by Marghanita Laski
Lady Rose and Mrs Memmary by Ruby Ferguson
They Can’t Ration These by Vicomte de Mauduit
Flush by Virginia Woolf
They Were Sisters by Dorothy Whipple
The Hopkins Manuscript by RC Sherriff
Hetty Dorval by Ethel Wilson
There Were No Windows by Norah Hoult
Doreen by Barbara Noble
A London Child of the 1870s by Molly Hughes
How To Run Your Home Without Help by Kay Smallshaw
Princes in the Land by Joanna Cannan
The Woman Novelist and Other Stories by Diana Gardner
Alas, Poor Lady by Rachel Ferguson
Gardener’s Nightcap by Muriel Stuart
The Fortnight in September by RC Sherriff
The Expendable Man by Dorothy B Hughes
Journal by Katherine Mansfield
Plats du Jour by Patience Gray
The Shuttle by Frances Hodgson Burnett
House-Bound by Winifred Peck
The Young Pretenders by Edith Henrietta Fowler
The Closed Door and Other Stories by Dorothy Whipple
On the Other Side: Letters to my Children from Germany 1940-46 by Mathilde Wolff-Mönckeberg
The Crowded Street by Winifred Holtby
Daddy’s Gone A-Hunting by Penelope Mortimer
A Very Great Profession by Nicola Beauman
Round About a Pound a Week by Maud Pember Reeves
The Country Housewife’s Book by Lucy H Yates
Miss Buncle’s Book by DE Stevenson
Amours de Voyage by Arthur Hugh Clough
Making Conversation by Christine Longford
A New System of Domestic Cookery by Mrs Rundell
High Wages by Dorothy Whipple
To Bed with Grand Music by Marghanita Laski
Dimanche and Other Stories by Irène Némirovsky
Still Missing by Beth Gutcheon
The Mystery of Mrs Blencarrow by Mrs Oliphant
The Winds of Heaven by Monica Dickens
Miss Buncle Married by DE Stevenson
Midsummer Night in the Workhouse by Diana Athill
The Sack of Bath by Adam Fergusson
No Surrender by Constance Maud
Greenbanks by Dorothy Whipple
Dinners for Beginners by Rachel and Margaret Ryan
Harriet by Elizabeth Jenkins
A Writer’s Diary by Virginia Woolf
Patience by John Coates
The Persephone Book of Short Stories by various
Heat Lightning by Helen Hull
The Exiles Return by Elisabeth de Waal
The Squire by Enid Bagnold
The Two Mrs Abbotts by DE Stevenson
Diary of a Provincial Lady by E M Delafield
Into the Whirlwind by Eugenia Ginzburg
Wilfred and Eileen by Jonathan Smith
The Happy Tree by Rosalind Murray
The Country Life Cookery Book by Ambrose Heath
Because of the Lockwoods by Dorothy Whipple
London War Notes by Mollie Panter-Downes
Vain Shadow by Jane Hervey
Greengates by RC Sherriff
Gardeners’ Choice by Evelyn Dunbar and Charles Mahoney
Maman, What Are We Called Now? by Jacqueline Mesnil-Amar
A Lady and Her Husband by Amber Reeves
The Godwits Fly by Robin Hyde
Every Good Deed and Other Stories by Dorothy Whipple
Long Live Great Bardfield by Tirzah Garwood
Madame Solario by Gladys Huntington
Effi Briest by Theodor Fontane
Earth and High Heaven by Gwethalyn Graham
Emmeline by Judith Rossner
The Journey Home and Other Stories by Malachi Whitaker
Guard Your Daughters by Diana Tutton
Despised and Rejected by Rose Allatini
Young Anne by Dorothy Whipple
Tory Heaven by Marghanita Laski
The Call by Edith Ayrton Zangwill
National Provincial by Lettice Cooper
Milton Place by Elisabeth de Waal
The Second Persephone Book of Short Stories

Historical Musings recommendations

Books recommended to me in the comments on my various Historical Musings posts:

The Witch of Blackbird Pond by Elizabeth George Speare
The Eagle of the Ninth by Rosemary Sutcliff
Daughter of the Sea by Madeleine Polland
Sword of Clontarf by Charles Brady
Moonfleet by John Meade Falkner
Under the Red Robe by Stanley J. Weyman
The Gloriet Tower by Eileen Meyler
A Company of Swans by Eva Ibbotson
The Fortunes of Garin by Mary Johnston
The Perilous Gard by Elizabeth Marie Pope
The Autobiography of Henry VIII by Margaret George
The Concubine by Norah Lofts
The Balkan Trilogy by Olivia Manning
The Transylvanian trilogy by Miklos Banffy
The Coffee Trader by David Liss
Luncheon of the Boating Party by Susan Vreeland
Pope Joan by Donna Woolfolk Cross
Poland by James Michener
Independent People by Halldor Laxness
The Madonnas of Leningrad by Debra Dean
The Lady and the Unicorn by Tracy Chevalier
Black Lamb and Grey Falcon by Rebecca West
Journey into Fire by Patricia Wright
Winter in Madrid by CJ Sansom
A Place of Greater Safety by Hilary Mantel
Music and Silence by Rose Tremain
The Bone Pedlar by Sylvian Hamilton
The Bone Thief by VM Whitworth
Dark Matter by Michelle Paver
The Power of Darkness by Doris Sutcliffe Adams
Gilded Spurs by Grace Ingram
Mist Over Pendle by Robert Neill
Testament of a Witch by Douglas Watt
The Snow Kimono by Mark Henshaw
Doomsday Book by Connie Willis
Charlotte Sometimes by Penelope Farmer
A Traveller in Time by Alison Uttley
The Conqueror’s Wife by Stephanie Thornton
Rush, Oh! By Shirley Barrett
The Secret River by Kate Grenville
Sara Dane by Catherine Gaskin
Ines of My Soul by Isabel Allende
Journey to the River Sea by Eva Ibbotson
Bel Canto by Ann Patchett
The Toymakers by Robert Dinsdale
The Indian Widow by Sarah Woodhouse
Coromandel by John Masters
Partitions by Amit Majmudar

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