Welcome all avid fans of historical fiction! We meet every 6-8 weeks on a Monday evening in central London to discuss a historical novel that we have selected beforehand.
We aim to have the book for each meetup selected at least two months ahead so that everyone has plenty of time to get hold of it and read it. All members also get the chance to help select each book from a shortlist of five.
Our current venue is the bar on the 5th floor of Waterstones Piccadilly.
Just to clarify: the "London" in the group name relates to where the group is based. It doesn't relate specifically to London history. We are reading historical fiction set all over the world!
Our next book discussion meetup will be on 21 October. We will be discussing "Death and the Devil" by Frank Schaetzing.
After that, we will meet on 2 December. We are currently voting to choose the book that we will discuss at that meetup. See that meetup's details for how to vote.
We have also just had our first ever social-only meetup. No prior book reading required! We hope to repeat this.
Our previous group reads were:
"The English Monster" by Lloyd Shepherd
"Jezebel" by Eleanor de Jong
"The Winter Palace" by Eva Stachniak
"The Bone Thief" by V. M. Whitworth
"The King's Diamond" by Will Whitaker
"Theodora" by Stella Duffy
"A Bloody Field by Shrewsbury" by Edith Pargeter
"The Song of Achilles" by Madeline Miller
"The Ground is Burning" by Samuel Black
"Half of the Human Race" by Anthony Quinn
"Pure" by Andrew Miller
"The Paris Wife" by Paula McLain
"A Moveable Feast" by Ernest Hemingway
"Memoirs of Hadrian" by Marguerite Yourcenar
"The Golden Mean" by Annabel Lyon
"Silent in the Grave" by Deanna Raybourn
"Helena" by Evelyn Waugh
"The Leopard" by Giuseppe Tomasi di Lampedusa
"The Confessions of Catherine de Medici" by CW Gortner
"The Siege" by Helen Dunmore
"As Meat Loves Salt" by Maria McCann
"Spartacus" by Lewis Grassic Gibbon
"The Heretic's Daughter" by Kathleen Kent
"Azincourt" by Bernard Cornwell
"The Fraud" by Barbara Ewing
"Wolf Hall" by Hilary Mantel
"The Great Stink" by Clare Clark
"The Founding" by Cynthia Harrod-Eagles
"Affinity" by Sarah Waters
"Empress Orchid" by Anchee Min
"The Last Queen" by CW Gortner
"The Suspicions of Mr. Whicher: or the Murder at Road Hill House" by Kate Summerscale
"The Floating Book" by Michelle Lovric
"I, Claudius" by Robert Graves
"The Last English King" by Julian Rathbone
"The Lost Diary of Don Juan" by Douglas Carlton Abrams.
New members are welcome at any time. There is no commitment to come more often than you wish, though we have many regulars. All we ask is that you keep your attendance status up to date. If you say you're coming to a meetup but then find you can't, please change your status to No as soon as you know. (You can always change it back again!)
Feel free to simply join up here and you'll get all the updates. If you have any particular questions, please just drop the organizer, Justin, a message.