Auckland Libraries: Historical fiction for non-fiction readers

Historical fiction for non-fiction readers

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A gentleman in Moscow

Amor Towles

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Sentenced to house arrest in Moscow's Metropol Hotel, Count Alexander Rostov must adjust to life as a "former person”. As Moscow undergoes vast political and countless social upheavals, Rostov remains, implacably and unceasingly, a gentleman.

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All the light we cannot see

Anthony Doerr

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Marie-Laure has been blind since the age of six. When the Nazis invade, father and daughter flee with a dangerous secret. Werner is a German orphan at a brutal military academy. A luminous novel of lives brought together and torn apart by war.

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Z

Therese Fowler

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A tale inspired by the marriage of F. Scott and Zelda Fitzgerald follows their union in defiance of her father and her scandalous transformation into a Jazz Age celebrity in the literary party scenes of New York, Paris, and the French Riviera.

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Wolf Hall

Hilary Mantel

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Thomas Cromwell is a wholly original man: a political genius, a briber, a charmer and a bully. His reforming agenda is carried out in the grip of a self-interested parliament and a king who fluctuates between romantic passions and murderous rages.

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The wonder

Emma Donoghue

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Tourists flock to the cottage of eleven-year-old Irish girl, Anna O'Donnell, who is said to be living without food. Is she surviving by the grace of God or is it an elaborate fraud? A tense and suspenseful study of belief and family.

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Blood & beauty

Sarah Dunant

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When Cardinal Borgia becomes Alexander VI in 1492 he is a Spanish Pope in a city run by Italians. If the Borgias are to triumph, this charismatic, consummate politician with a huge appetite, women and power must use papacy and family to succeed.

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The son

Philipp Meyer

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Kidnapped by the Comanche after his mother and sister are murdered, thirteen-year-old Eli McCullough quickly adapts to Comanche life until the tribe is decimated by armed Americans, leaving Eli alone in a world where he is neither white nor Indian.

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Year of wonders

Geraldine Brooks

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This is the story of a young woman's struggle to save her family and her soul when plague suddenly visited a small Derbyshire village and the villagers, inspired by a charismatic preacher, elected to quarantine themselves to limit the contagion.

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The patriots

Sana Krasikov

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During the Great Depression, Florence leaves for a job in Moscow—and the promise of love and independence. But once there, she becomes entangled in a country she can’t escape. This is the story of what happened to Americans abandoned by their country...

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The Parihaka woman

Witi Ihimaera

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Richly imaginative and original, weaving together fact and fiction, it sets the remarkable story of Erenora against the historical background of the turbulent and compelling events that occurred in Parihaka during the 1870s and 1880s

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LibrarianNew Lynn War Memorial Library