Friday, 12 November 2010

New Historical Fiction for 2011

The historical fiction goddess Sarah Johnson (Reading the Past) has just posted on the Historical Novel Society website a list of historical fiction to be published in the USA in the first half of 2011. I compile a list of HF published in the UK for the same period for the same webpage. But I'm behindhand as usual, still waiting for some of the big UK publishers to make their catalogues available. If you're reading this, Sarah, that's my excuse and I hope to get my list to you soon!

Meanwhile, here's a sneak preview of novels from the UK list so far, set in my favourite periods:


M K Hume, Prophecy: Clash of Kings, Headline (novel about Merlin)

John Stack, Masters of the Sea, HarperCollins (latest in Roman naval series)

Mark Keating, The Hunt for White Gold, Hodder & Stoughton (second in 18th-c pirate series)


Christian Cameron, King of the Bosphorus, Orion (latest in Tyrant series set post-Alexander the Great)

James McGee, Rebellion, HarperCollins (Bow Street Runner goes on dangerous mission to Napoleonic Paris, 1812)


Robin Blake, A Dark Anatomy, Macmillan (murder mystery set in 1740 Lancashire)

R S Downie, Ruso and the River of Darkness, Penguin (latest in Roman sleuth series set in Roman Britain)

Russell Whitfield, Roma Victrix, Myrmidon (sequel to Gladiatrix, further adventures of a female gladiator in ancient Rome)


Patrick Easter, The Watermen, Quercus (crime novel set in 18th-c London Docklands)

Anthony Riches, Fortress of Spears, Hodder & Stoughton (latest in Roman army series set on Hadrian’s Wall, 3rd-c AD)

Imogen Robertson, Island of Bones, Headline Review (Cumbria 1783: one body too many found in a tomb leads to discovery of a past that won’t stay buried)


Justin Hill, Shield Wall, Little, Brown (tumultuous events from the death of Ethelred the Unready to the Battle of Hastings, first of a series)

M C Scott, Rome: The Coming of the King, Bantam (second in series takes spy to Judea in pursuit of man bent on destroying the Roman province, 1st-c AD)

Stella Tillyard, Tides of War, Chatto & Windus (two young women in London and Spain during the Peninsular War)

Christopher Wakling, The Devil’s Mask, Faber (young Bristol lawyer uncovers deadly secrets in the aftermath of the abolition of the slave trade)


Elizabeth Chadwick, Lady of the English, Sphere (struggle for the English crown between Henry I’s daughter Matilda and his widow Adeliza who is Matilda’s stepmother)

Diana Gabaldon, Lord John and the Scottish Prisoner, Orion (latest in 18th-c crime series)

Ben Kane, Soldier of Carthage, Preface (first in Punic War series)

Kate Quinn, Daughters of Rome, Headline (2 sisters in Rome in AD69, Year of the Four Emperors)

Julian Stockwin, Conquest, Hodder & Stoughton (latest in naval series set during Napoleonic Wars)

And not one, but two novels about Hereward the Wake:

Stewart Binns, Conquest, Penguin, February

James Wilde, Hereward, Bantam (first in series), June


Sarah Johnson said...

Thanks for the mention, Sarah, and this is a great preview! I have a review copy of Rebellion to cover for my blog, and I'm especially looking forward to the Robin Blake, Justin Hill, Elizabeth Chadwick, and Stella Tillyard (I hadn't realized she was writing novels too).

Interesting about Hereward being popular all of a sudden. There's something similar going on with Robert the Bruce, with a mini-revival of novels about him. Wonder if we'll see any of those in the States (I'm guessing not).

Annis said...

Interesting about Hereward. There was a flurry of novels about him a few years ago. I note that he will feature in a forthcoming novel by Helen Hollick as well. On the Amazon HF forum she commented:

"-- my follow-up novel to "Harold the King/ I Am The Chosen King" - at the moment it is titled 'The Lost Kingdom'. This is to be mainly the story of Herewarrd and rebellion against William. Don't get too excited though, it will probably not be published until 2012"

I do hope everyone doesn't follow Charles Kingsley's lead and go with Godiva as Hereward's mother. It seems quite unlikely that she was, but because readers have actually heard of her she's a popular choice for the role.

Anonymous said...

I see where Ruso returns to us in March.Hooray.Downey entertains effortlessly.Tilla,you go girl!