If you are anything like me, then you can’t get enough of historical novels. Some of my all-time favorite novels fall under this category. That is why we will be looking at The Guardian’s ten best historical novels of all time and see which books made their list!
The Guardian is a respected news organization that has been surpassed over the decades. But even then, it is still a trusted news source and they also curate book lists here and there. This list is from 2012 and lists the ten historical novels that The Guardian believes rank above all else. You can see the full list below.
The Guardian’s Ten Best Historical Novels of All Time
- War and Peace by Leo Tolstoy
- Wolf Hall by Hilary Mantel
- Romola by George Eliot
- The Leopard by Giuseppe Tomasi di Lampedusa
- Brooklyn by Colm Tóibín
- Pure by Andrew Miller
- The Blue Flower by Penelope Fitzgerald
- I, Claudius by Robert Graves
- Property by Valerie Martin
- The Regeneration Trilogy by Pat Barker
As expected from the Guardian, their list is interesting. Besides War and Peace by Leo Tolstoy and Wolf Hall by Hilary Mantel, none of these books are familiar to me. And that is fine. Lists such as these are refined for specific audiences.
While these may be unfamiliar to me, I imagine the saying that “this is your favorite author’s favorite author” may apply here. They are famous and critically acclaimed works of fiction after all.
What did you think of The Guardian’s ten best historical novels of all-time list? What books should they have included on their list? Let us know in the comments below!