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5 Historical Fictions


Isabel Allende Inés of My Soul Based on true events, this is the story of the first Spanish woman to arrive in Chile with the Conquistadors of the 1500s. Fourth Estate.

Biyi Bandele Burma Boy A novel which tackles the experience of African soldiers in the Second World War with the central character a 14-year-old private fighting in Burma and slowly losing his sanity. Jonathan Cape.

Joseph Connolly Jack the Lad and Bloody Mary A WW2 London couple have their relatively conventional lives rent asunder when he inadvertently becomes part of the underworld. Faber.

Barbara Ewing The Mesmerist Two unemployed 19th century stage actresses relaunch their careers as hypnotists with great success but events from the past embroil them in scandal. Sphere.

Albert French Cinder A 1940s tale about racial division in the deep south of the good ole’ US of A set to a backdrop of the attacks on Pearl Harbor. Harvill Secker.


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