Elodie Harper's Favourite Books Set in the Past

By Head of Zeus

Elodie Harper's Favourite Books Set in the Past

By Head of Zeus

Before I started writing historical fiction, it was my favourite genre to read. Novels have a way of filling in the gaps left by ruins, records and artefacts. I'm happy to share some of my favourite books set in the past with you here, and hope you enjoy them too.

Saint Thomas's Eve: (The Tudor saga: book 6): a story of ambition, commitment and conviction from the undisputed Queen of Britis

Jean (Novelist) Plaidy

£15.99 £15.19

I read endless Jean Plaidy as a teenager, and this on Thomas More, was my favourite

Elektra: The mesmerising story of Troy from the three women at its heart

Jennifer Saint


This recent release is a heart stopping account of an ancient myth

The Crimson Petal And The White

Michel Faber

£10.99 £10.44

An extraordinarily immersive novel about the life of a sex worker in Victorian London

The Regeneration Trilogy

Pat Barker

£18.99 £18.04

This superb reimagining of the first world war will break your heart

The Corset: a perfect chilling read to curl up with this Autumn

Laura Purcell

£9.99 £9.49

a dark, gothic tale about the life of a seamstress. Absolutely gripping

The Mercies

Kiran Millwood Hargrave

£9.99 £9.49

This book is so beautifully immersive - it will transport you to a tiny island in sixteenth century Norway

The Confessions of Frannie Langton: Now a major new series with ITVX

Sara Collins

£9.99 £9.49

One of fiction's most enterprising 'unlikable' heroines (although I loved her!)

Pandora: The instant no.1 Sunday Times bestseller

Susan Stokes-Chapman


Beautifully weaves together Greek mythology and life in eighteenth century London

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