Historical Recommendations – UK and Irish Publishers

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I love historical fiction, and there are some amazing UKYA authors telling wonderful stories. These range from Kat Dunn’s French Revolution-set historical fantasy, to Sue Cheung’s story of a teen in the 1980s. Then there’s great imports like Cao Wenxuan’s Dragonfly Eyes, and Heidi Heilig’s stunning time-travel story The Girl From Everywhere. 

As ever, click on the title for a Goodreads page for each book. And don’t forget to check out my historical recommendations from North American publishers.

Chinglish by Sue Cheung (Andersen Press)

Dangerous Remedy by Kat Dunn (Zephyr)

The Things We Did For Love by Natasha Farrant (Faber)

On Midnight Beach by Marie-Louise Fitzpatrick (Faber)

The Dark Days Club by Alison Goodman (Walker)

Bone Talk by Candy Gourlay (DFB)


The Girl From Everywhere by Heidi Heilig (Hot Key)

Sawbones by Catherine Johnson (Walker)

Things A Bright Girl Can Do by Sally Nicholls (Andersen Press)

After The War by Tom Palmer (Barrington Stoke)

Kings Of The Boyne by Nicola Pierce (O’Brien Press)

Mohinder’s War by Bali Rai (Bloomsbury)


The Revenge of Tirpitz by ML Sloan (Cranachan Publishing)

The Pearl Thief by Elizabeth Wein (Bloomsbury)

Dragonfly Eyes by Cao Wenxuan, translated by Helen Wang (Walker)

Cane Warriors by Alex Wheatle (Andersen Press)

Hope Against Hope by Sheena Wilkinson (Little Island)

A Sky Painted Gold by Laura Wood (Scholastic)

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