Saturday, March 27, 2010

HT Recommends - HF set in the Victorian Period

Valerie said:
I would be very pleased to receive your list of recommendations. I am most interested in the Victorian era.

Since the Victorian period is a favourite for some of the HT bloggers we were quite happy to come up with a list:

Tasha Alexander -  Emily Ashton series
Libba Bray - A Great and Terrible Beauty (YA with a touch of paranormal but definitely Victorian)
Tracey Chevalier - Falling Angels (opens at the very end of the Victorian era)
Jennifer Donnelly - The Tea Rose and The Winter Rose
Julia Gregson - The Water Horse (deals with the Crimean war)
Jane Harris - The Observations
Elizabeth Peters - Amelia Peabody series
Anne Perry - the Monk and the Pitts series
Deanna Raybourn - Julia Grey series
Rebecca Ryman - Olivia & Jai
Dan Simmons - Drood
Kate Summerscale - The Suspicions of Mr Whicher (NF about a murder)
Sarah Waters - Fingersmith and Affinity

And then there's always fiction written during that period as Gaskell's North and South, Mary Barton, Cranford; Wilkie Collins's The Woman in White

And finally there are some books we would like to read which are also set in that period: The Mysteries of  Glass by Sue Gee, The Sealed Letter by Emma Donoghue, Kept by D J Taylor, The Glass of Time by Michael Cox, The Crimson Petal and the White by Michael Faber, The Lost Summer of Louisa May Alcott by Kelly O'Connor McNees.

Would anyone like to suggest more titles to add to Valerie's TBR pile?


  1. These three popped into my head.

    The Rose of Sebastopol by Katherine McMahon.

    The Mistress of Nothing - Kate Pullinger

    Girl in a Blue Dress - Gaynor Arnold

  2. Another good one is the Strangely Beautiful Tale of Miss Percy Parker which is a Victorian gothic fantasy by Leanna Renee Hieber. The sequel The Darkly Luminous Tale comes out in May.

  3. What a great list to come across in my Reader! I haven't read Victorian era books much, so this will be a good list to begin with.

    I am fascinated recently with Ancient Egypt. The Heretic Queen by Michelle Moran has instigated a new chapter in history to explore! Maybe Victorian is next. :)

  4. I can't believe I thought of The Water Horse and forgot The Rose of Sebastopol given that they are both set in the Crimean war!