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44 Best Historical Fiction Books of All Time


Our goal: Find what the internet ranks as the best Historical Fiction books (instead of one person's opinion).

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

(Updated 2022)

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  2. 2
  3. 3
  4. 4

    Pachinko

    Min Jin Lee

  5. 5
  6. 6

    Beloved

    Toni Morrison

  7. 7

    The Sympathizer

    A Novel

    Viet Thanh Nguyen

  8. 8

    Homegoing

    Yaa Gyasi

  9. 9
  10. 10
  11. 11
  12. 12
  13. 13

    Alias Grace

    A Novel

    Margaret Atwood

  14. 14
  15. 15
  16. MOST RECOMMENDED!
    16

    One Hundred Years of Solitude

    Gabriel Garcia Marquez

  17. 17
  18. 18
  19. 19
  20. 20
  21. 21
  22. 22
  23. 23
  24. 24

    The Book Thief

    Markus Zusak

  25. 25
  26. 26
  27. 27

    My Brilliant Friend

    Elena Ferrante

  28. 28
  29. 30

    Fingersmith

    Sarah Waters

  30. 31

    Cold Mountain

    A Novel

    Charles Frazier

  31. 33
  32. 34

    The English Patient

    Michael Ondaatje

  33. 35

    March

    A Novel

    Geraldine Brooks

  34. 36
  35. 37
  36. 38

    Lavinia

    Ursula K. Le Guin

  37. 39
  38. 40

    The Night Watch

    Sarah Waters

  39. 41

    Arthur & George

    Julian Barnes

  40. 42
  41. 43
  42. 44

FAQ

  • How was this Historical Fiction books 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 Historical Fiction books are in this list?

    There are 44 books in this list.

  • Why did you create this Historical Fiction books list?

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

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