Reading Club

I assume you're here at this website because you like my books. Good. And that also means you might like the books I enjoy reading, and that all of us might enjoy the books that you read, so this is simply a place where we can exchange news of books - any books - not just historical novels. Tell us if you've read something wonderful and entertaining, and we'll post your recommendations and reviews here. And, please, let us know what you think of these recommendations!

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The Roman Empire in 100 Haikus

Written by: Stuart Laycock

Published by: Amberley Publishing

Submitted By: Stuart Laycock

This review submitted by the book’s author Great historical fiction, like Bernard Cornwell’s, gives a new and fresh angle on the past. Now I’m attempting the same by reinventing the art of historical poetry. I am a historian and this…


Thieves’ Castle

Written by: Dean Hamilton

Published by: Tyburn Tree Publishing

Submitted By: Dean Hamilton

This review submitted by the book’s author. Kit Tyburn, ex-soldier turned play-actor and part-time intelligencer for the Queen’s spymaster Francis Walsingham, is back in London and adrift. Penniless, cut loose from both his playing troupe and his mercurial employer, Tyburn…



Written by: Jack Kilborn (J A Konrath)

Published by: Headline

Submitted By: Robert Douglas

My ninth read for this year is something different to the genres I normally read: the only horror titles I’m familiar with are by James Herbert. However, although this short novel was by far more disturbing in comparison to Herbert’s…


A Trial of Witches

Written by: Cameron Readman

Published by: Self Published

Submitted By: Cameron Readman

This review submitted by the book’s author. A historical fiction based on the harrowing Berwick Witch Trials in the late 16th century, the Lord Earl Bothwell, Francis Stewart, a powerful baron in early modern Scotland and leader of one of…



Written by: Francis Williams

Published by: Independently Published

Submitted By: Cianna Leschied

I didn’t realize it at the time, but this was self-published. This was the author’s first book and he did a great job. The setting was well researched and the story arc flowed very well!   This book has certain…


Stamford and The Unknown Warrior

Written by: Garrett Pearson

Published by: Morepork Publishing

Submitted By: Marilyn Watson

This is the untold story of the brave warrior that held the bridge at Stamford in 1066. It tells of his life and that of his family, a fictional story of the common man wrapped around the written words of…


Black Tom’s Red Army

Written by: Nicholas Carter

Published by: Canelo Adventure

Submitted By: Geraint

The deciding Battle of Naseby looms on the horizon in this historical adventure of the English Civil War. It is more than a year since printer’s apprentice turned Parliamentarian soldier William Sparrow and his Royalist rival Hugo Telling last came…


The Belgariad (Boxset)

Written by: David Eddings

Published by: Corgi Childrens

Submitted By: Robert Douglas

I’ve had these books since the early 90’s, it’s far easier to recommend them as an epic boxset – and yes, from May to mid-September of this year, I’ve finally got round to completing all five titles: ‘Pawn of Prophecy’,…


Killer of Men

Written by: Christian Cameron

Published by: Orion

Submitted By: Brian

Think Last Kingdom series but chronicling the time of the Ionian revolt and Greco-Persian wars of the 5th century BC. If you loved the adventures of Uhtred then you will also love the adventures of Arimnestos.