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ecci53 Thu 29-Oct-20 13:46:51

I've recently read the Outlander books by Diana Gabaldon and The Chronicles of St Mary's by Jodi Taylor. Thoroughly enjoyed both of these series, which both link history and time travel in very different ways. I've also read and enjoyed all the Poldark books.

Does anyone know of any other good series of books with a historical and/or time travel basis?

Illte Thu 29-Oct-20 14:23:26

Anything by Cynthia Harrod-Eagles.

I enjoyed her World War One seriesand Ive just read the first two in the Morland series. I think there’s about thirty books in that so it should keep you going for a while!

Nortsat Thu 29-Oct-20 14:30:33

Dorothy Dunnett - the Lymond series.
These are sweeping historical novels set in the 16th century. They range across Scotland, France, the Ottoman Empire and Russia.
They’re long and quite dense but I loved them.

GrannyGravy13 Thu 29-Oct-20 14:40:33

Deborah Harkness - The all souls trilogy

Witchcraft and time travel combined with history, I could not put these books down!

Callistemon Thu 29-Oct-20 15:38:27

The Traders series by Anna Jacobs about early European settlement in Australia.
Although I found books by Patricia Shaw more authentic but they are not, in the main, a series.

NanKate Thu 29-Oct-20 15:54:46

I loved Outlander ecci.

Elly Griffiths Series set in East Anglia are fab. You need to read them in order they are the Ruth Galloway books.

GagaJo Thu 29-Oct-20 16:01:12

The Three-Body Problem is a science fiction novel by the Chinese writer Liu Cixin. It is the first book in a trilogy. Amazing novel. I loved it!

felice Thu 29-Oct-20 16:02:05

Red Mars, Blue Mars and Green Mars by Kim Stanley Robinson, about the colonisation of Mars, and some great characters and stories.

Oopsadaisy4 Thu 29-Oct-20 16:04:02

The Shardlake Series, By CJ Sansom, a medieval Lawyer in the time of Henry V111 and later. V good series of books.

GrannySomerset Thu 29-Oct-20 16:11:24

Mazo de la Roche’s Whiteoaks series If you enjoy a family saga. The Jewel in the Crown series about India. Miss Read’s Fairacre novels where the same characters recur.

Callistemon Thu 29-Oct-20 16:12:17

I must order more of those for my Kindle Oopsadaisy, as I read a couple and enjoyed them, but they are never reduced.

The Falco novels by Lindsay Davis are good, set in Ancient Rome but I enjoyed the Roma sub Rosa series by Steven Saylor more, about Gordianus the Finder, a detective.

Oopsadaisy4 Thu 29-Oct-20 16:19:37

Callistemon £4.99 on Kindle ive downloaded the ones I was missing, I’m on the last one now. Hope he writes some more soon!

SueDonim Thu 29-Oct-20 16:30:29

The Cazalet Chronicles. The first of five novels is set between the wars and they progress forward in time.

Alegrias2 Thu 29-Oct-20 16:33:07

This recommendation is a bit off the wall but the "His Dark Materials" trilogy by Phillip Pullman is one of my favourite series of books. Its a YA book set in a series of parallel universes where everyone has a daemon animal that never leaves them, and represents their soul. There was a recent TV series which didn't do it justice.

Gagajo, I loved the Liu Cixin trilogy too. I heard that there was going to be a film/TV series, but maybe COVID has put a halt to that.

grannydarkhair Thu 29-Oct-20 17:50:12

Ken Follett - the Kingsbridge series, all set in/around a cathedral in an English town from the 12th century onwards.
Ken Follett again - the Century series, covers the 20th century from families in the UK, USA, USSR and Germany.
Simon Scarrow - his books about Cato and Macro, two Roman legionnaires, set throughout the Roman Empire.
George R.R.Martin - A Song of Ice and Fire (Game of Thrones). Fantasy but still historical.
Hilary Mantel - the Thomas Cromwell trilogy.