Big Sky Publishing, Australia, 2023 Cover design Think Productions
Steve Matthews’ Hitler trilogy was inspired by a personal connection that led him to visit Auschwitz. This latest stand alone, still a war story but in a different theatre, is also born of personal connection.
I think the thing about historical fiction that appeals to so many readers is the way it ties the present to the past. In writing a story about the growth of the suffragette movement in late 19th century and early 20th century Britain, Tania Blanchard has cogently placed the advancement of women’s rights on a continuum which includes the modern reader’s world.
Angus&Robertson, an imprint of HaperCollinsChildrensBooks, Australia, 2023 Cover design by HarperCollins Design Studio Cover illustration by Hope McConnell
This novel for young readers brings together the author’s interests in 20th century German history and in the nature of family. Told in the youthful voice of Leo, the story takes place dually in Australia in 2002 and a span of years leading up to and during World War 2.
Austin Macauley Publishers, London, 2023 Cover design not acknowledged
In this historical fiction, Harry Treasure paints a graphic picture of the harsh and demanding lifestyle of the Victorian mountain cattlemen and their families around the turn of the 20th century. Unlike some in the genre, this is entirely a work of the author’s imagination.
Ventura Press Australia, 2023 Cover and internal design by Deborah Parry Graphics
In bringing together three figures from British late 19th/early 20th century history Paul Ashford Harris has created a monumental tale of historical fiction. The work delves into the military, the political and the personal in its central story as well as entertaining us with a myriad of interesting ‘side issues’ of the times.
Big Sky Publishing, Australia, 2022 Cover design by Think Productions
This is final book in Steve Matthews’ Hitler trilogy and can be read as a stand-alone, though much of it is better contextualised if you have read the first two, Hitler’s Brothel and Hitler’s Assassins.
An Indiemosh book, MoshPit Publishing, Australia, 2021 Cover design and layout by Ally Mosher Cover images used under licence from Adobe Stock
This book is historical fiction, inspired by the author’s slight secondary glimpse of her great, great grandmother, Inez Seville Fitzgerald along with a couple of original letters. Inez was married to Dr Barry Cotter, Melbourne’s first doctor, the subject of the author’s family history study, the results of which are published as https://drbarrycotter.com/
Broadcast Books, Australia, 2022 Cover design, artwork and internal design by Daniel New
This historical novel spans the period in Australian history from pre-World War 2 into the 1950s. It is inspired by the life of the author’s parents, drawing heavily on their experiences on the land and in wartime, and then in the political sphere of Labor politics.
While Kelly Rimmer’s latest novel is entitled The German Wife, for me it is an American story. Perhaps it is a hole in my own knowledge that made the author’s graphic and heart-breaking account of the Black Sunday dust storm so powerful.