Back in mid-February we threw a question out to readers on our Facebook page, asking you to recommend some historical fiction and we clearly have a lot of fans of this genre. In total over 450 of you posted replies and collating them there were over 200 books mentioned. As often happens the same authors were mentioned over and over and there are clearly some shining lights in this genre, bringing in lots and lots of suggestions.
I’ve now put all those entries together and counted up all the suggestions to bring you the top 12 books for readers who love historical fiction.
Outlander Series – Diana Gabaldon (29 votes)
This books series seems to cross very many genres, fantasy, action, romance but it also has an historical twist and that’s led to 29 of you voting for it in this poll.
The Pillars of the Earth – Ken Follett (20 votes)
Not only did The Pillars of the Earth come second in our poll, but Ken Follett was mentioned over and over with his Century Trilogy also coming further down the list.
Wolf Hall – Hilary Mantel (12 votes)
With Wolf Hall recently hitting our television screens it’s really made an impact. Described as a meticulously researched masterpiece it comes third in our list but author Mantel made the list twice.
Tudor Court Series – Phillipa Gregory (12 votes)
Phillipa Gregory was one of the most mentioned authors in the entire poll and the Tudor Court series shares third place as the most mentioned. Wideacre and The Other Bolyn Girl also made the list.
The Book Thief – Markus Zusak (9 votes)
The Book Thief is set during WWII in Germany and is hugely popular among our readers, so we’re hardly surprised this modern classic made the list.
The Lymond Chronicles – Dorothy Dunnett (7 votes)
An oldie but a goodie, lots of you loved the Lymond Chronicles suggesting it as the next book series you should read if you love historical fiction.
Then, with 6 votes each came:
Aubrey Maturin Collection – Patrick O’Brian
Bringing up the Bodies – Hilary Mantel
All Souls Trilogy – Deborah Harkness
Then finishing the list with 5 votes each:
The Other Bolyn Girl – Phillipa Gregory
Da Vinci Code – Dan Brown
Wideacre – Phillipa Gregory
The Historian – Elizabeth Kostova
Thanks to everyone who joined in and suggested books and authors, as always you can add your own in the comments.