What are the best historical fiction set in UK and Ireland?

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    #1The Good People

    The Good People

    The Good People is a historical fiction book written by the bestselling author Hannah Kent. The Good People was published on September 27, 2016 by Pan Macmillan. 


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    Bobby Elliott
    Written on May 8, 2018
    "What a vivid account of historical fiction. The author takes you there and you feel as if you are one of the characters. Very well written and told."
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    #2Heretic (The Grail Quest)

    Heretic (The Grail Quest)

    Heretic is a historical fiction novel by Bernard Cornwell. First published in 2003, it is the third and final book in the Grail Quest series. Set during the Hundred Years' War, it continues the story of Thomas of Hookton.


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    Vincent Schultz
    Written on April 21, 2018
    "I was pleasantly surprised by this book after reading the summary. Wasn't expecting much, but then every passage turned out to be engaging and painted a clear picture in my mind. Definitely a page turner! The characters are especially interesting as is the adventures they find themselves in. Certainly worth reading, I would say!"
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    #3The Story of Lucy Gault

    The Story of Lucy Gault

    The Story of Lucy Gault is a historical fiction book written by William Trevor. The Story of Lucy Gault was published on August 26, 2003 by Penguin Books. It was first published on January 1, 2002.


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    Aaron Andrews
    Written on May 10, 2018
    "I've generally enjoyed William Trevor's stories about life in Ireland. However, "The Story of Lucy Gault" just seems too plodding. The background that Trevor creates is interesting, especially given the tensions that Ireland faced in the 1920s. But this story of a young girl who runs away from home is not my cup of tea."
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    #4Galway Bay

    Galway Bay

    Galway Bay is a historical fiction book written by Mary Pat Kelly. Galway Bay was published on February 9, 2009 by Grand Central Publishing. Its first publication was on January 22, 2009.


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    Kyle Berry
    Written on May 16, 2018
    "I'm going to say this solution was only hit about half of the target. The book does start out in Ireland, but then the setting moves to America. The UK does not appear to be a major part of this book, and only plays a role of antagonist in the struggle for Irish freedom. If the topic were an Irish family this would be a fitting solution, but as it is requesting a setting in the UK and Ireland, it is not 100%"
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    Outlander is a British-American television drama series based on the historical time travel Outlander series of novels by Diana Gabaldon. Claire Randall, the main character, lives two love stories in two different centuries. 
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    Shirley Lawson
    Written on March 26, 2018
    "Outlander is a way undervalued TV show! While I loved the novel, this show delves even deeper into this epic tale of love and time travel. Claire is a fascinating and lovable character and I found myself invested in her immediately. The acting and set design are great and the writing is strong in every episode."
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    #6The White Queen (The Plantagenet and Tudor Novels)

    The White Queen (The Plantagenet and Tudor Novels)

    The White Queen is a historical fiction and the second book in The Plantagenet and Tudor Novels series written by Philippa Gregory. It is published in 2009 by Touchstone Books. 


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    Helen Salazar
    Written on April 20, 2018
    "Another great choice for history-with-a-twist storytelling. Lesser known, than the author's others, but deserves just as much attention. "
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    #7Daughter of the Forest

    Daughter of the Forest

    Daughter of the Forest is the first book in the Sevenwaters series by Juliet Marillier. This book was originally published in 1999. This book is a good mix of fantasy, romance, and history that every young adult may enjoy to read.


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    Evelyn Collins
    Written on May 17, 2018
    "I don't know if this is the best historical fiction novel, but it is one of the best historical fictions that integrates fantasy and romance. If that's your genre - this is a great book. There's a bit of action, an endearing main character, and a bit of romance. Marillier loves Celtic history and ancient paganism, so there's a lot in here as well. I've lent this book out and it's gotten good reviews from all of my friends. "
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    #8Dissolution (The Shardlake series)

    Dissolution (The Shardlake series)

    Dissolution is a book by C.J Sansom that tells the story of Henry VIII. He proclaimed his self as the head of the Chruch during his reign, but not everybody will agree with him. 


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    Vishal Verma
    Written on March 29, 2018
    "I love historical fictions and this one is no exception. I finished this series last week and I can wholeheartedly say it might be one of my favorites. I believe C.J. Sansom has accomplished something great here."
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    #9The Magic of Finkleton

    The Magic of Finkleton

    The Magic of Finkleton is a book by K.C Hilton that tells the story of  Jack, Lizzy, and Robert. When their Uncle Harry died Finkleton became different and the kids are going to find out how to make things back to normal again.


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    Ethan Harper
    Written on April 19, 2018
    "An interesting and easy read that I think younger people will appreciate. It's a tad childish, but that's to be expected given the target age, but it's still a good read with some clever ideas and concepts. Overall, an enjoyable read, but probably not great if you're older."
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    #10The Last Kingdom (Saxon Tales)

    The Last Kingdom (Saxon Tales)

    The Last Kingdom is the first book in the series The Saxon Chronicles. It tells the story of Uhtred Ragnarson, a boy who was born a Saxon and then kidnapped by Danes as a child. Since then they raised Uhtred to become a warrior. 


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    Kenneth Carter
    Written on April 10, 2018
    "The Last Kingdom is a very popular novel and is really details the historical facts of the time period as well as draw the reader closer to the main characters. The author does a good job of outlining the setting to the reader and paints the picture clear. "
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    #11Love and Summer

    Love and Summer

    Love and Summer is a historical fiction book written by William Trevor. Love and Summer was published on September 17, 2009 by Viking Books. It follows the romance between Ellie and Florian during their summer in an Irish town.


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    Jason Walters
    Written on May 10, 2018
    "It is a fiction based in Ireland, however the quick overview does not indicate UK or historical reference. Its looks to be a summer romance in Ireland story."
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    #12The Sunne in Splendour

    The Sunne in Splendour

    The Sunne in Splendour: A Novel of Richard III is a historical fiction novel for young adult written by Sharon Kay Penman. It was first released in January 2008. It is about the controversial monarch and his alleged murder of his royal nephews.


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    Michael Baker
    Written on May 10, 2018
    "This is a book about my history, which is why I picked it up. Obviously it's fiction, which is why the author is able to take some "imaginative" leaps. Overall, I would take the story with a grain of salt, but it's a fun entrance to this period in history."
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    #13Here Be Dragons

    Here Be Dragons

    Here Be Dragons is a medieval, renaissance, historical and fiction book written by Sharon Kay Penman. It was published June 1, 1985 by Holt, Rinhart and Winston. It follows the story of a King.


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    Joyce Reyes
    Written on April 24, 2018
    "I just finished reading Here Be Dragons and really enjoyed it. I do love historical fictions and this one certainly delivered. I felt that it was not only very well written but also very well researched. The author went in to great detail with the characters and that really helped absorb me in the story. "
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    #14World Without End (Kingsbridge Series)

    World Without End (Kingsbridge Series)

    World Without end features the descendants of the characters from Pillars of the Earth, the first book of the Kingsbrige Series. The book tackles two major historical events - the start of The Hundrer Years' War and the Black Death. 


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    Kathryn Lynch
    Written on March 31, 2018
    "I enjoy historical fiction, especially set in the UK or Ireland. World Without End (Kingsbridge Series) is creative and captivating."
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    #15The Mists of Avalon

    The Mists of Avalon

    The Mists of Avalon is a fantasy novel by Marion Zimmer Bradley. It is a retelling of the Arthurian legends as told from the perspective of Morgraine, and features mainly the other women in the stories: Gwenhwyfar, Viviane, Morgause, and Igraine.


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    John Carter
    Written on April 26, 2018
    "Now, this is my type of book. I love reading while smoking cannabis, right before taking some LSD and waiting for it to kick in. "
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    #16The Other Boleyn Girl

    The Other Boleyn Girl

    The Other Boleyn Girl is a historical fiction revolving around Mary Boleyn, the lesser-known sister of Anne Boleyn. Her life in court as a pawn for her family's political ambitions was rife with rivalry and scandal, but Mary perseveres through it all. 


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    #17The Pillars of the Earth (Kingbridge)

    The Pillars of the Earth (Kingbridge)
    The Pillars of the Earth by Ken Follett is the first book in the Kingsbridge series. This fast-paced action book is set up during the twelfth century in a cathedral in England, and the story about love, revenge, and betrayal are told.

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    Kelly Wan
    Written on March 21, 2018
    "Historical fiction is a genre that has been popular for a long time. The Pillars of the Earth is one of the more popular title in the UK of this genre."
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    #18The Burning Land (Saxon Tales)

    The Burning Land (Saxon Tales)

    King Alfred of Wessex is too ill to command his armies, so it is up to Alfred to defeat the invading Danes lead by Harald Bloodhair, who has teamed up with long-lost friends to try to conquer England. 


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    Thomas Rogers
    Written on April 20, 2018
    "War books typically aren't my thing, but these stories really drew me in. I'm glad I picked this up off a friend's shelf and had a read. I couldn't put it down. I highly recommend it."
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    Azincourt is a historical fiction novel by the acclaimed British author Bernard Cornwell, first published in 2008. It fictionalizes the famed Battle of Agincourt of 1415, seen through the eyes of the protagonist Nicholas Hook.


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    Rachel Carr
    Written on April 24, 2018
    "This was a great book, written very well with interesting characters. The author writes very well, so it was easy to follow and I got absorbed into the story very quickly. Read it if you like historical fiction!"
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    #20O'Sullivan Stew

    O'Sullivan Stew

    O'Sullivan Stew is a fantasy children's book written by Hudson Talbott. O'Sullivan Stew was published on January 15, 2001 by Puffin Books. The book is about Kate O'Sullivan as she tries to return the horse of the witch of Crookhaven.


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    Brenda Moore
    Written on April 28, 2018
    "Someone has stolen the witch of Crookhaven's horse, and there will be no peace in the village until it is returned. So bold, brassy Kate O'Sullivan takes matters into her own hands. But instead of saving the day, she manages to land herself--and her family--in trouble with the king. So Kate sets out to save their hides the only way she knows how--with a good story. Filled with imagination, wit, and a healthy helping of good old-fashioned Irish blarney, this is a hilarious tale that will keep readers coming back for more."
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    #21The Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Pie Society

    The Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Pie Society
    The Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Pie Society is a historical novel by Mary Ann Shaffer and Annie Barrows. Set in 1946, it tells the story of Juliet Ashton, a writer, and her correspondence with members of the titular society.

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    Keith Patel
    Written on April 20, 2018
    "I only know about American history when it comes to the 1940s so reading The Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Pie Society was a new experience. The historical fiction set in UK and Ireland really gave me a different perspective."


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1The Good PeopleBooks 1 Paid
2Heretic (The Grail Quest)Books 0 Paid
3The Story of Lucy GaultBooks 0 Paid
4Galway BayBooks 0 Paid
5OutlanderTV Shows 0 Paid
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8Dissolution (The Shardlake series)Books 0 Paid
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