Category Archives: historically-flavoured

The Oracle Glass by Judith Merkle Riley

Synopsis (from Goodreads): Genevieve, a skinny, precocious little monkey with a mind full of philosophy and the power to read the swirling waters of an oracle glass, is taken in by La Voisin, an ingenious occultist and omnipotent society fortune-teller. … Continue reading

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Angeline by Karleen Bradford

Synopsis (from Goodreads): Stunned by the blistering heat, the noise, the sea of faces crowding in upon her in the teeming Egyptian market, Angeline cannot believe that she is being sold as a slave to one of the great princes … Continue reading

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Flights by Olga Tokarczuk

Product info (from Goodreads): Flights is a series of imaginative and mesmerising meditations on travel in all its forms, not only the philosophy and meaning of travel, but also fascinating anecdotes that take us out of ourselves, and back to … Continue reading

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The Historian by Elizabeth Kostova

Product info (from Goodreads): What does the legend of Vlad the Impaler have to do with the modern world? Is it possible that the Dracula of myth truly existed—and that he has lived on, century after century, pursuing his own … Continue reading

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Mariana by Susanna Kearsley

Product info: The first time Julia Beckett saw Greywethers she was only five, but she knew that it was her house. And now that she’s at last become its owner, she suspects that she was drawn there for a reason. … Continue reading

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Cloud Atlas by David Mitchell

Product info (from Goodreads): Cloud Atlas begins in 1850 with Adam Ewing, an American notary voyaging from the Chatham Isles to his home in California. Along the way, Ewing is befriended by a physician, Dr. Goose, who begins to treat him … Continue reading

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The Crimson Petal and the White by Michel Faber

Product info (from Goodreads): Sugar, 19, prostitute in Victorian London, yearns for a better life. From brutal brothel-keeper Mrs Castaway, she ascends in society. Affections of self-involved perfume magnate William Rackham soon smells like love. Her social rise attracts preening … Continue reading

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Tulip Fever by Deborah Moggach

Product info (from Goodreads): A tale of art, beauty, lust, greed, deception and retribution — set in a refined society ablaze with tulip fever. In 1630s Amsterdam, tulipomania has seized the populace. Everywhere men are seduced by the fantastic exotic … Continue reading

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Cage of Deceit (Reign of Secrets 01) by Jennifer Anne Davis

Synopsis (from Goodreads): Sixteen-year-old Allyssa appears to be the ideal princess of Emperion—she’s beautiful, elegant, and refined. She spends her days locked in a suffocating cage, otherwise known as the royal court. But at night, Allyssa uses her secret persona—that … Continue reading

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The King of Attolia (The Queen’s Thief 03) by Megan Whalen Turner

Synopsis (from Goodreads): By scheming and theft, the Thief of Eddis has become King of Attolia. Eugenides wanted the queen, not the crown, but he finds himself trapped in a web of his own making. Then he drags a naive … Continue reading

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