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44 Best Historical Fiction Books of All Time


Our goal: Build the most accurate list of best Historical Fiction books.

How we picked these:
1. Search for "best Historical Fiction books" and study the top 6 articles.
2. Add only the top books (mentioned 2+ times).
3. Rank the results neatly for you here! 😊
(This process takes a long time, but we do the research so you don't have to!)

(Updated 2022)

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  1. 1
    Appears in 4 articles
  2. 2
    Appears in 3 articles
  3. 3

    Homegoing

    Yaa Gyasi

    Appears in 3 articles
  4. 4

    Beloved

    Toni Morrison

    Appears in 3 articles
  5. 5

    The Sympathizer

    A Novel

    Viet Thanh Nguyen

    Appears in 3 articles
  6. 6
    Appears in 3 articles
  7. 7
    Appears in 3 articles
  8. 8
    Appears in 3 articles
  9. 9

    Alias Grace

    A Novel

    Margaret Atwood

    Appears in 3 articles
  10. 10
    Appears in 3 articles
  11. 11
    Appears in 3 articles
  12. 12

    Pachinko

    Min Jin Lee

    Appears in 3 articles
  13. 13

    Wolf Hall

    Hilary Mantel

    Appears in 3 articles
  14. 14
    Appears in 3 articles
  15. 15
    Appears in 3 articles
  16. 16
    Appears in 2 articles
  17. 17
    Appears in 2 articles
  18. 18
    Appears in 2 articles
  19. 19
    Appears in 2 articles
  20. 20

    Alex & Eliza

    Melissa de la Cruz

    Appears in 2 articles
  21. 21
    Appears in 2 articles
  22. 22
    Appears in 2 articles
  23. 23

    Cold Mountain

    A Novel

    Charles Frazier

    Appears in 2 articles
  24. 24
    Appears in 2 articles
  25. 25

    Lavinia

    Ursula K. Le Guin

    Appears in 2 articles
  26. 26
    Appears in 2 articles
  27. 27
    Appears in 2 articles
  28. 28
    Appears in 2 articles
  29. 29
    Appears in 2 articles
  30. 30
    Appears in 2 articles
  31. 31
    Appears in 2 articles
  32. 32
    Appears in 2 articles
  33. 33
    Appears in 2 articles
  34. 34

    The Book Thief

    Markus Zusak

    Appears in 2 articles
  35. 35

    My Brilliant Friend

    Elena Ferrante

    Appears in 2 articles
  36. MOST RECOMMENDED!
    36

    One Hundred Years of Solitude

    Gabriel Garcia Marquez

    Appears in 2 articles
  37. 37
    Appears in 2 articles
  38. 38

    Fingersmith

    Sarah Waters

    Appears in 2 articles
  39. 39

    The English Patient

    Michael Ondaatje

    Appears in 2 articles
  40. 40

    March

    A Novel

    Geraldine Brooks

    Appears in 2 articles
  41. 41

    The Night Watch

    Sarah Waters

    Appears in 2 articles
  42. 42
    Appears in 2 articles
  43. 43

    Arthur & George

    Julian Barnes

    Appears in 2 articles
  44. 44
    Appears in 2 articles

FAQ

  • How was this list created?

    We searched for "best Historical Fiction books", found the top 5 articles, took every book mentioned in 2+ articles, and averaged their rankings.

  • How many books are in this list?

    There are 44 books in this list.

  • Why did you create this list?

    We wanted to gather the most accurate list of Historical Fiction books on the internet.

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